Sea anemones of Singapore's seagrass meadows

In Singapore's lush seagrass meadows live many sea anemones. Although they appear harmless, sea anemones are actually predators!
Haddon's carpet anemone (Stichodactyla haddoni) among seagrasses
Yet, some shrimps have adapted to living on sea anemones without being harmed. While other sea anemones hitch a ride on other sea creatures. Here's some fascinating sea anemones of our seagrass meadows.

Ocean wanderers: pelagic birds in Singapore waters

In Singapore waters far from shore, fly amazing pelagic birds. Also dolphins and other fascinating marine creatures.
A juvenile Frigatebird seen during a Pelagic Survey.
From the Singapore Bird Group blog.
The Singapore Bird Group of the Nature Society (Singapore) conducts regular surveys to document pelagic birds. What are pelagic birds? Where can we find them? How can we join a pelagic survey?

St John’s Island Trail and Marine Park Centre closed until further notice

From the NParks website: As the access route to Marine Park Outreach and Education Centre and St John’s Island Trail is affected by SLA’s maintenance and repair works, the Marine Park Outreach and Education Centre and St John’s Island Trail are closed until further notice.
Marine Park Visitor Centre at St John's Island National Marine Laboratory

More details behind the closure on the wild shores of singapore blog.

Updated notice on the NParks website: "The Singapore Land Authority (SLA) had closed part of St John's Island from now till the end of the year arising from the asbestos found in the campsite area. As investigations and works to remove the asbestos are ongoing, the St John's Island trail and the Marine Park Outreach and Education Centre and St John’s Island Trail will be closed until further notice. We seek your understanding for the inconvenience caused."

6 May (Sun): Mangrove cleanup at Pulau Ubin

Join volunteers from the Restore Ubin Mangroves (R.U.M.) Initiative and Nature Society Singapore, Marine Conservation Group as they clean up this Pulau Ubin site. In preparation for restoration work.
Photo by Lisa Lim.
A chance to visit Pulau Ubin. Meet fellow nature lovers. Learn more about how we plan to restore the mangroves without planting! And make a difference to Pulau Ubin too.

Date: 6 May (Sun)
Time: 8.30am - 11.30am

Only registered participants may join us as we have limited capacity for both ferry and van transport.

Register online http://tinyurl.com/ubinrum06may2018

Seahorses and other odd fishes of Singapore's seagrass meadows

Singapore lush seagrass meadows are a miniature underwater forest. Providing shelter for many animals that can't swim well.
Estuarine seahorse (Hippocampus kuda)
Here's more about seahorses and other odd-shaped fishes that are found in Singapore seagrass meadows. They often look unfish-like, and some also have strange ways of moving around.


21 Apr (Sat): Free screening of “A Plastic Ocean” at the Singapore Botanic Gardens

The theme for Earth Day 2018 is “End Plastic Pollution”. Plastic is threatening our planet's survival, from poisoning and injuring marine life to disrupting human hormones, from littering our beaches and landscapes to clogging our streams and landfills.
A Plastic Ocean documents the newest science, proving how plastics, once they enter the oceans, break up into small particulates that enter the food chain where they attract toxins like a magnet. These toxins are stored in seafood’s fatty tissues, and eventually consumed by us.


5 tips on photographing Singapore coral spawning

Thanks to Heng Pei Yan for these tips on how to capture the once-in-a-year natural spectacle in Singapore waters: mass coral spawning!
Read more on her blog and view awesome photos of our amazing reefs underwater.
Heng Pei Yan also flies SG Sea Drone - Dronietta seashorensis.

Lepak in SG youths - making change for our shores!

Lepak in SG, youth leaders of the marine community, are featured in "Singaporeans Have A Heck-Care Attitude? These 30 Change-Makers Will Make You Think Again!" by A Good Space.
A Good Space says:
“The land full of kiasu, self-centred people” — a common description of Singaporeans familiar to all of us. Living in such a competitive and fast-paced society like Singapore’s, it is easy to feel cynical about our fellow “unfriendly” Singaporeans. Here are just 30 of the many inspiring stories that will make you have faith in humanity again. These citizens do not wait for the Government or institutions to solve our problems but took the initiative to handle these problems themselves.
At number 27 is Lepak in SG with their Sea our Shores workshop series for International Year of the Reef!

21 Apr (Sat): Youth for Our Ocean: Marine Clean Up with FRANK by OCBC

Specially for  youths! In celebration of 2018 International Year of the Reef and Earth Day, FRANK by OCBC x Our Singapore Reefs wants you to join their upcoming marine clean up dive!
This time, they are calling for passionate youths! Grab your friends and join us to discover what marine animals live among the seawall and help save Lazarus Island from marine trash and plastic waste!

Dunkirk the wild dolphin is released!

YES! Singapore got wild dolphins! Sadly, the most recent sighting of a dolphin was one that got entangled in a fishing line at Bedok Jetty yesterday (7 Apr 2018).
From media articles about the incident.
‎Fortunately, on 10 Apr, the dolphin (nicknamed Dunkirk) was released from its entanglements! Bravo to ACRES and all who helped.



Celebrate Earth Day on Singapore shores!

Next week is Earth Day with the theme "End Plastic Pollution". The Earth Day website has more info on how you can end plastic pollution as an individual, organisation and educator.
This Earth Day weekend, there's lots happening on Singapore shores! Clean up plastics from a shore at Lim Chu Kang, watch a free movie about marine plastics at the Botanic Gardens, rescue horseshoe crabs at Kranji, get muddy at Sungei Buloh, join shore walks at Chek Jawa and the Sisters Islands Marine Park, explore the heritage of Pulau Ubin or kayak to St John's Island.


22 Apr (Sun): Celebrate Earth Day by battling marine trash @ Lim Chu Kang East

Registration closes 19 Apr. It’s Earth Day on Sunday 22nd April 2018, with a focus on the battle against plastic pollution.
Photo by Kenneth Pinto for ICCS
Join International Coastal Cleanup Singapore on a mangrove cleanup at Lim Chu Kang.

Time: 7.30am to 12.00pm
Venue: Lim Chu Kang East
More details and registration on the ICCS blog.