Aug 21, 2005

Love Can Build A Bridge

"Love can build a bridge, Between your heart and mine.
It all depends on you and me, Now is the time"

Yes, the volcano barnacles (Tetraclita sp) were singing away as 125 participants, both young and matured, and scores of reef guides and OJTs were there early this morning for the reef walk event.

For us, the day started rather earlier than usual. I was awake at 3am and by 4 am was at the bus stop before the Sentosa bridge. Though the participants were advised to be there between 4.15 to 4.45, many, like Sherlee were just too excited to take that extra wink! So we were there under the starlights.

The walk started before dawn, and though it rained, it did not dampen the spirits of the enthusiastic participants and equally committed guides and OJTs. Those that had ponchos put them on and those without, proceeded without!

Let me introduce you to Group 3S (Irene, Margaret, Ju Hiang, Dora, Annie, Janice Daniel, Voon, Hongzheng & Kok Siang)

As you can see, many were prepared and well equipped with torches and we proceeded directly into the rain onto the beach. First stop, the star of the reefs. The common sea stars (Archaster typicus) and they were busy doing their fair share in re-producing future generations of sea stars for next year's reef walks....And we shall not disturb them for sadly, they are no longer common on our shores.

Did I mention next year? Yes, this will be the the last large publicly organised reef walk for this year, but we guides and trainees will continue to train, and we will continue to klog on our activities.

As dawn approached, we were able to see more activites, though as Papa Jeff said, it was harder to spot the marine life this morning and this could be because of the rain and/or low tide. Besides the corals, sea weeds, sea grass, sea fan, sponges and usual marine life like hermit crabs, we did see an occasional swimming crab and many ornate goby (Istigobius ornatus). Yong Xiang wanted very much to show the group the sea grapes (Caulerpa racemosa) and sea sausage seaweed (Neomeris sp), but I guess its out of season. And we were at the sand bank, but there were no sand dollars to be found. With no certainty, I thought we also saw the Indian flathead (Platycephalus indicus) at the shallows.

The Knobbly sea star (Protoreaster nodosus) stole the limelight for this morning as they are not that common at Kusu. Did any guide from Chek Jawa bring it over?

It was a wonderful experience and we like to believe that we have helped the 125 participants to build a bridge between their hearts and the marine life. The future of nature all depends on you and me. And now is the time to understand how fragile nature is if we want future generations to be able to appreciate them as we did this morning.

1 comment:

greengardn said...

Wow Floggie! Salute you man! Was supposed to Klog the walk too but was as "nuar" as jellyfish yesterday. And you took the effort to remember all your participants' names! That's really commendable!! Extra stars for you dude! And you're a hopeless romantic like me with all those nice quotes too :o) I'll Klog smtg tonite...promise...