Sunday, May 26, 2013

Nemo, Fantail Rays and Giant Clam at Terumbu Bemban, CMBS

It's the second day of reef survey for the Comprehensive Marine Biodiversity Survey (CMBS) Southern Expedition. At 3am, bigger group of staff, scientists and volunteers gathered at the dinning area for breakfast. There are 3 teams heading out for reef survey this morning, all to different locations - Big Sisters' Island, Terumbu Bemban and Beting Bemban Besar.

It was important to sort the teams right before boarding the 2 boats by Summit Marine System. Terumbu Bemban and Beting Bemban Besar may just be next to each other, but efficiency in transporting the correct people to the correct location is crucial as we have limited time on the exposed submerged reef due to the low tide window.
Pre-departure briefing and boat sorting.
Image by Ivan Kwan

Saturday, May 25, 2013

First Predawn Reef Survey for CMBS at Terumbu Semakau

It has been 6 days since the Southern Expedition for the Comprehensive Marine Biodiversity Survey (CMBS) started. Yesterday was my first time stepping into the base camp for the expedition, meeting familiar and new faces. I am involved in CMBS as a volunteer since Dec 2010 as a regular volunteer. The Southern Expedition is the second expedition event I had participated in, with the first at the Northern Expedition held in October last year.
Prof Peter Ng takes special transport to base camp, a foldie.
Image from my twitter.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Seahorses and Giant clam at Big Sisters Island

Another great day out in the field today as we explore Big Sisters' Island.
As soon as we started, Ria found a pair of Tiger-tail seahorse (Hippocampus comes).
Tiger-tail seahorse (Hippocampus comes)

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Giant Clam and Handsome Shrimp at Pulau Hantu

It was a great day at Pulau Hantu this morning. The team found about 5 giant clams growing on the outer reef patch!
Photo by Kok Sheng on his Facebook.
However I only see one giant clam with the help of Marcus.
Giant clam, with my size 8 booties as size reference.

Saturday, May 04, 2013

Another great day at Chek Jawa with the Naked Hermit Crabs

It is the first Saturday of the month again. The Naked Hermit Crab had another great guided walk with our visitors at Chek Jawa this morning. Despite the hot and humid weather our visitors sure had fun and enjoyed themselves looking the critters of Chek Jawa. We had a great turnout of about 80 visitors, with some joining the walk on the spot.

As usual, a group photo of our visitors before the walk.


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