Jun 25, 2012

Singapore's dugongs featured in the Seagrass-Watch magazine!

Singapore has dugongs! There are signs of them on many of our seagrass meadows, from Chek Jawa to Cyrene Reef and more!
Wei Ling is looking at a dugong feeding trail at Chek Jawa,
seen during TeamSeagrass' first monitoring session.
Recent signs of dugongs in Singapore since 2007 to just a few months ago are featured in the mammoth issue of the Seagrass-Watch magazine a double cover, flipped edition, Issue 45 + 46 June 2012 which features Dugongs and Manatees!

Jun 20, 2012

2 Jul (Mon): FREE Seagrass Workshop by Siti

Want to get a more indepth understanding of our seagrasses and seagrass meadows?
TeamSeagrass at Semakau's vast seagrass meadows
TeamSeagrass working in the vast meadows of Pulau Semakau.
Come for Siti's workshop to learn more about our seagrasses, how to identify them, the important role of seagrasses in the marine environment and how you can make a difference for them! Places are limited, sign up now!

Jun 16, 2012

Clams and clean seagrass meadows

Dead stuff that settle on the sea bottom produce sulphides as they decompose which can become toxic to seagrasses in high concentrations. But in most seagrass meadows throughout the world, they don’t – and for decades scientists have wondered why.
Tiny Window pane clams (Family Placunidae)
Tiny Window pane clams found on our Northern seagrass meadows.
This study discovered the role of tiny clams in helping to keep seagrass meadows healthy.

Jun 15, 2012

TeamSeagrass featured in new edition of Semakau Book

TeamSeagrass is featured in second edition of the Habitats In Harmony which was launched last week.

As well as lots of photos and stories about the magnificent seagrass meadows on Pulau Semakau which stretches for kilometers and is home to all kinds of plants and animals.

Seagrasses store carbon better than trees

Seagrasses do a much better job of storing carbon than trees! Unlike forests that hold carbon for about 60 years then release it again, seagrass ecosystems have been capturing and storing carbon since the last ice age.
Seagrass surprises
A dugong feeding trail on Chek Jawa leaves a 'smiley face'
with some of the many seagrass creatures found here.
In a study of 946 seagrass meadows around the world, an international team of researchers estimated that seagrass captures 27.4 million tonnes of carbon each year.

Jun 10, 2012

Pulau Semakau (10 Jun 2012)

It's a bright blue sky day and a small team is out to monitor seagrasses at Pulau Semakau!
It was good to see nice long Tape seagrasses in the meadows, and everyone had great sightings after the work was done.