I think it’s been little over a year since my first survey with the Comprehensive Mega Marine Survey (CMBS) a.k.a. Mega Marine Survey!
Meeting point was technically supposed to be somewhere near Changi Village, but blur me went to Changi Beach Park instead. But was at least mollified by the beautiful sunrise and nice morning walk 🙂
Being a weekday, there weren’t many who signed up. But there was a considerable number of first-timers; always nice to see fresh blood, and most are fresh from JC or Poly! Yay, more youths embracing their wilder and biophilic sides 🙂
First to venture in was Yen Ling and Helen from TMSI, to lay out the transect tape. Volunteers are to do the collection along the transect line. Doing the survey work is not hard!
1) Using the shovel, dig out some mud and place it on the sieve
2) “Rinse” the substrate away in the river and spot the little critters!
3) Keep them!
All these data collected is meant to give us a better idea of what lies in our marine habitats. The specimens will subsequently be sorted and identified during the lab sessions. You can find out more about what we do during lab sessions here.
The hard part is probably getting started, especially if you’re completely new to doing field work/surveys/marine habitats. And not used to the mud.
She had a lot of difficulty trying to move around on the muddy substrate. Comes with practice I guess! It’s really nice to meet people who come down to do surveys when they’re completely foreign to it. I sure hope it opened her eyes to what marine life we have right here in Singapore and that she’ll come back for more! 🙂
I had taken a pretty bad fall the day earlier and had a bad scrape that I didn’t want to get infected, so probably Yen Ling took pity on me and gave me a relatively easy job 😛 I just went around taking photos and recording general observations.
I’m pretty sure I took more photos than this, including one of a tiny, thumb-sized baby horseshoe crab. But I can’t find it, so wells.
This is probably one of my last few Mega Marine Surveys, because I’ll be leaving for further studies overseas soon! 😦 I’m pretty sure I’m going to miss MMS and TeamSeagrass very much after I leave.
If you’d like to find out more about CMBS or join us, do visit the blog here!