25 October 2012

Northern Expedition of the Mega Marine Survey finds awesome marine life in Singapore

Singapore's first ever comprehensive look at our marine biodiversity has launched a massive Northern Expedition in October. What has the Mega Marine Survey found since it first started in 2010?
Volunteers busy sorting through finds at the Northern Expedition.
Over thirty new records have been found from Singapore and the region, including the Laternula, a species of lantern shells which may have bioactive compounds and chemicals that can aid medical science.

Six species have been identified as possibly new to science, including a new species of small goby, nicknamed "Zee", found in the mudflats off Lim Chu Kang. Another five species have been rediscovered, including a species of a large coastal catfish which was last seen in Singapore waters over 100 years ago.

More details on the Mega Marine Survey blog.

The Northern Expedition involves a huge number of passionate volunteers, a large contingent of local and foreign scientists, and staff from NParks, the Tropical Marine Science Institutes, Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research as well as many corporate sponsors. The Expedition has been doing lots of field trips, dredge surveys of the bottom of Singapore's waters and many of other lab and follow up work to find out what marine life Singapore has.

Here's a great video clip from RazorTV which gives a glimpse of what goes on during the Northern Expedition.

Catch up with the latest happenings of the Northern Expedition online via the Mega Marine Survey blog, facebook page and live tweets on #MegaMarine.

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