First 09 Monitoring

27 01 2009

Hello! It has been almost 3 months since we last went down to Labrador Park for our seagrass monitoring and data collection. After not being on the beach and seeing all the sea grasses for such a long time, we felt almost glad to be back there on the 9th of January despite the drizzle. However, due to the slight inaccuracy of the tide table, the tide was simply too high for us to do any monitoring at that specific time. Nevertheless, we stationed ourselves and waited for more than an hour. Unfortunately, not only did the tide not recede, in grew even higher. Left with no choice, we had to go home): (However, one positive takeaway from the trip was doing some coastal clean up! While we waited for the tide to recede, we went around the beach trying to pick up litter! The beach was really quite dirty!)

Our next attempt down to the park was on 12th January. The tide table that we used proved to be really inaccurate as the tide was quite high at our targeted time again. However after a long wait, we were able to conduct our monitoring although the tide was a little too high for our liking (it got our clothes wet D: )

Remember that we were supposed to measure the growth rate of our selected seagrass, Thalassia Hemprichii? We would select a 25cm by 25cm plot of Thalassia Hemprichii, then poke holes at the bottom of the seagrass, thread a piece of fishing line through the hole and leave the seagrass to grow. Then we would come back 3-4 days later, cut away the seagrass and measure its growth from the new base of the grass to the hole with fishing string. Our initial plan was to start another plot to measure its growth. However, since the tide was too high on the 9th and we could not do anything, we could no longer start any plot for January as the only 2 days where the tide is low at an appropriate time was the 9th and 12th.

Therefore, we took the soil and water sample from our plots as well as monitor the seagrass coverage of our other 3 plots! The soil and water sample will be studied further as a factor of the seagrass growth. (We will keep you guys updated!)

Yep, so that concludes our first successful trip down to Labrador Park in 2009. We are very sorry we do not have photos this time round due to the unfortunate and unexpected illness of our photographer thus we do not have a camera on that day D: we will take more photos during our next trip, which is hopefully in mid February.

Danielle, Jolyn and Xinyi

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First seagrass monitoring of 2009

19 01 2009

Last Monday, 12 January, we went down to Labrador Park again as the tide was supposed to be low. However when we arrived, the tide was still quite high although we went there according to the time in the tide table. We then decided to wait as the tide was expected to recede. After about an hour, the tide was finally low enough for us to see the seagrass, and so we started our monitoring (:

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Like 3 days before when we went down, there were a lot of algae! Some were washed up onto the shore while a large amount of algae was left resting on the seagrass patch and covering the seagrass after the tide has receded. When we took one look across, algae seemed to be like all there was. However, when we moved the algae out of the way, we realized there were actually still much seagrass beneath them!

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In fact, the seagrass seemed to be exceptionally green as well! However, there was of course still some seagrass with epiphyte on them , just that seagrass without epiphyte on them really were green. The seagrass somehow seemed to be longer as well!

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We also saw many different kinds of algae. One of which was Neomeris

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Another was Sargassum

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There was also Gracilaria edulis

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We finished at around 7, and we managed to catch a glimpse of the beautiful sunset (: The sunrays against the blue sky are simply beautiful!

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Such is the beauty of nature, and of course, Labrador Park (:

Cheryl Jiemin Joyce 😀





Failed Seagrass Expedition! ):

18 01 2009

Hello all (: It’s been a long time since we went to our favourite park, Labrador Park!

This time, however, we did not manage to monitor seagrass due to the tide which was too high and also the water was rather muddy so we could not see anything. What we could see was lots and lots of green algae washed onto the shore and floating on the sea surface as well, making the beach looked terribly dirty D:

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There is also some construction nearby, hopefully they would not disturb the seagrasses and the sea’s ecosystem!

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Since we did not manage to monitor, we decided to make our time there worthwhile by exploring the shore and picking up rubbish on the way!

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There were a lot of rubbish, and common items include pieces of wires, glass shards, glass bottles and plastics.

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Some interesting sights include a snail inhabiting inside some junk.

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We hope that people will stop littering at the beaches because they are dangerous to both people and animals, please be considerate and throw the rubbish to the place where they belong, which means into the rubbish bin! Please be considerate:D

And that was the end of the failed expedition, but look out for the next post because we went back again two days after(:

Cheryl Jiemin Joyce! 😀

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