25thJuly09 7.45am – 9.10am

28 07 2009

 

Went for our second seagrass monitoring on 25th July, Saturday. We started early in the morning at 7.45am, and had to climb over the fence since the gate to the beach was not open. The tide receded to a -0.1, so we could see a lot of things we couldn’t see very clearly last time, such as the patches of thalassia which stretched unusually far out.

lab park low tide- 7.55am low tide!

Monitoring went much faster this time, as we split the work among us, and so got the work done in a jiffy. On top of that, the grey skies forewarned the storm, so we were motivated to work faster. Fortunately, there was only a slight drizzle which we managed to work through. We finished ahead of time, giving us an opportunity to explore the rest of the beach, and observe more of its interesting flora and fauna.

Also, we collected 9kg of rubbish, even though the beach was relatively clean. We classified the rubbish according to plastics, glass, metal and others. Here are some pictures:

 1 year old coral!

 

a newly formed coral (which will grow around 2cm per year!) So we shouldn’t break off coral because to form a large coral it takes a very long time.

 

sucking anemone!

 

the anemone which sucks onto the finger! (it’s actually stinging us, but we have thick skin (: )

 

 brown algae with air sacs

 

brown algae with air sacs (sargassum) which help them stay upright when the tide is higher.

 

 

 no rubbish today!

 

the relatively clean beach

 

us and the rubbish 2

 

us and the rubbish we collected!

 

till next time!

Grace, Zenia and Yifeng

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