Friday, 2 June 2017

Marvellous May at the Sisters Islands Marine Park

New animals at the Sisters Islands Marine Park! First sighting of a beautiful bannerfish, and a species of coral. A bioblitz also turned up some interesting finds and a sighting of dolphins!
Photo by Richard Kuah.
Meanwhile, volunteers continued to conduct intertidal walks for the public, and the public dives continue.

Another great day out at Sisters Islands Marine Park with volunteer guides.
Photo by Richard Kuah.
The public can also dive at Sisters Islands Marine Park. Thanks to Alex Tan for a glimpse of what lies beneath the waters!
Daisuke Taira and team encountered this brightly coloured masked bannerfish at a cleaning station at Sisters Islands Marine Park. It is the first record of the species in Singapore waters. More about it in this article by the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum.

Heng Pei Yan saw dolphins on 21 May 2017 during a dive survey at Sisters' Islands Marine Park during a bioblitz by volunteer divers!

Her video and Vincent Choo's photos of the bioblitz was featured in Mothership!

During the bioblitz, National University of Singapore Assistant Professor Huang Danwei also discovered the coral Favites vasta in Singapore for the first time, as reported in the Straits Times.

Here's some of the other awesome creatures seen during the bioblitz.

More about guided walks at the Sisters' Islands Marine Park on the NParks website.

More about what to expect at a guided walk.

Why should I visit with an experienced and trained guide? Why are places limited on a public walk? Which other shores are accessible to the public? and more in this wildsingapore page.

More about volunteering with the Sisters Islands Marine Park.

Catch up with all the happenings at the Marine Park through the Sisters' Islands Marine Park facebook page. You can share your encounters, ideas and thoughts for the Marine Park here. Photos in this blog post are from those who shared on this facebook page. Thank you!

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