Singapore’s first Marine park at Sisters’ Island!

On 12 July 2014 at the annual Festival of Biodiversity, Minister Desmond Lee announced the opening of the first Marine Park on Sisters’ Island, one of the off-shore island of Singapore. It was something to celebrate because marine biodiversity in Singapore is rich and having a Marine Park would provide our marine biodiversity with a safe haven. The public can sign up for free guided walks and the dates of the walks are available here.

Minister Desmond Lee was invited for a guided walk at the future Marine Park and we were treated to the amazing biodiversity that can be found at Sisters’ Island.

IMG_5069[1]Ria giving a safety briefing and showing the participants how a stone fish looks like. She cautioned us about looking out for the venomous fish and told us to look where we place our feet.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASeastar with one arm missing.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACorals that were translocated from Semakau Landfill, they are doing well at Sisters’ Island!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASea urchin

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAGiant carpet anemone; spot the clam that is on the anemone!

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This is the egg case of a moon snail. The female moon snail excretes mucus which binds the sand and her eggs to give the eggs protection.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe Anemone shrimp usually live in pairs on an anemone, we only spotted one though.

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We spotted a flower crab that was scurrying across the intertidal flats. It must have felt threatened because there were so many people staring at it and starting waving its pincers at us.

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The star of the day was the Giant Clam. With the new marine park in place, there are plans to reintroduce this endangered clam back into our waters.

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The view of Sisters’ Island as we left for mainland. Remember to sign up for the free guided walks to learn more about the amazing marine biodiversity that we have in Singapore!

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