Saturday, April 26, 2008

Happy Family @ Semakau

When we depart from Marina South Pier to Semakau for the inter-tidal walk this morning, we saw this beautiful scenery from our boat. How often do we get to see sun rise?

I'm guiding a big family for the inter-tidal walk today at Semakau with the assistance from HY. As soon as we arrived at Semakau, we walk slowly to the forest entry point about 2km away from the Semakau Visitor Centre. The walk was rather enjoying and relax.

In order to access the coastal area, we need to go through the forest. We saw coconut, mango tree, yam and lots of ginger plant along the forest trail.

After we cross the sea grass lagoon, HY stopped and show the Common Sea Star to the group. The whole group got excited and wanted to have a closer look.

We call this lovely creature a sea star instead of star fish as they are not fish. Although it got the name of Common Sea Star, they are now uncommon any more due to over collection and habitat lost.

We saw this anemone not too far from the sea star. However, the cute nemo (clown fish) and shrimp is not at home. Anemone usually house a number of creatures such as clown fish and anemone shrimp.

Noble volute are very easy to recognise by its very distinctive 'chinese moutain painting' on the shell.

This moon snail is very beautiful and also a very voracious predator. They secretes acidic agents to soften shell of their prey and drill a hole on them.
This is Sandfish sea cucumber. As with other sea cucumber, it must be processsed before is safe for consumption.We also very lucky to see this Stichopus ocellatus sea cucumber. Just look at the size! Is even bigger than the palm of an adult!!

This lump of hairy thing is actually a hairy crab. It is so well camouflage that it don't look like a crab both under or out of water.I'm not sure the name of this tiny crab that red in colour.

We also saw 3 different type of nudibranchs.Gymmodoris rublopabulosa

Jorunna funebrisand Chromodoris lineolata

This is a Rock-boring Giant Clam (Tridacna crocea)

We also got to see free air show when SAF having their exercise over at the opposite island (Pulau Pawai). The participants are waiving at the SAF chopper.

Group photo with Semakau's Super Star - Knobbly Sea Star. The smart kid that holding the sea star is Lucas.Despite the need to wake up early, long walk and under the hot sun, Lucas was really enjoying the walk. The knowledge and experience gained from the walk are simply tremendous! Lucas even wants to design his new badge after inspired by the beautiful creature that he seen on today's walk.Another group photo with the big family (3 generations explore our beautiful shore at Semakau, isn't it fabulous?) after the walk. I totally agreed that having a walk at nature is also a very good way of bonding!

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