last trip down to labrador park

23 02 2009

On the 10th of February 2009, we concluded our last formal trip down to Labrador Park for our data collection. The weather that day was great, windy and not very hot (since it was about 5.30pm). Although we had to wait for the tide to recede yet again, we did not really mind it this time and spent our time taking photos of the beach and of our plots.

high tide!

low tide!

that’s us standing at the location of our 3 plots! The 3 plots are about 2 metres away from each other.

As we could not find 2 dates with low tides that are 4 days apart, we could not conduct another fishing line growth experiment on our Thalassia hemprichii. Instead, we could only monitor our 3 plots of seagrass, as well as collect the seawater sample again. This time, we discovered that many of the Thalassia had turned brown!

at first, we thought it was a very bad case of epiphyte, but Mr. Lim attributed this find to the extremely dry weather recently, so the Thalassia have been “sunburned”.

As we only had 3 plots to monitor, whereas the other group had 33, we were done much earlier. We spent the rest of our time searching for new organisms and:

yes! picking litter!

And much of the time was also spent on popping the air sacs of the brown seaweed (Sargassum), which was our new obsession!

when you press on the air sac, there’s a pop sound! 😀

this time, instead of the usual blue anemone, we saw green anemone!

and the coin seaweed:

and the ribbon algae:

and happy us:

this is our last trip down to labrador park, and we’ll miss that wonderful place very much.
also, thank you for everyone who helped us with this project, it has been very meaningful.

Danielle, Jolyn, Xinyi


Last Seagrass Monitoring!

13 02 2009

Hello all!

We went down on 10th February to do our last official monitoring session at Labrador Park! We took more photos this time for our Research Studies presentation in April 😀

Compared to our last few trips, however, we have very bad news! The seagrass meadow, especially the Thalassia Hemprichii that is closer to the shore were almost completely black and rough with white patches, we have no idea why that is the case. And so, we took a few leaves with us and we’ll be observing them next Tuesday during our RS block, so look out for results!



We saw this green fish swimming around the meadow too! It was trying to burrow a hole and we could not take a picture of it because when it was really swift in its movements and sand was being kicked up as it was burrowing furiously! That made us very sad because we wanted to share our find with all of you!

Other finds include a snapping shrimp,


barnacles which were interesting to us as usually we only see white or grey ones


and a snail that came out of its shell to explore!


There is also less algae this time round and we hope the seagrass will grow better because of that! In addition, we hope the seagrass will not die because of the shocking amount of epiphyte cover (:

This would be our last official post as a RS group, thank you to all those who have helped in one way or another! 😀 We might still update this blog during the time period from now till our juniors take over as we have decided to take it up as a Service Learning project as well, so hang on for more updates!

Cheryl Jiemin Joyce!