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Sat 13 Mar 2004

Dolphins sighted off St John's Islands

Category : marine

"Yes Siva,

Dolphins were sighted once again in St. John's Island waters!!!

Date: Friday 12 Mar 2004. Time: 1200hrs - 1300hrs

Location: Channel between St. John's Island & Lazarus Island

Number: 5 adults and 1 juvenile. All grey except 1 white adult.

Environment condition: Relatively clear water, cool weather, quite sunny. Reclamation works still going on at Lazarus Island. Quite busy channel with vessels using the St. John's Island jetty.

The dolphins were less than 50 metres away from me at some point of time. I couldn't capture any close up photos as the camera I am using couldn't zoom far enough. Nevertheless, its still better than nothing!!

Cheers!

[Chim] Chee Kong"

The second, third and fourth photo were brightened.

Look carefully to see all six dolphins in the third photo.

This is a wonderful addition to our arsenal of answers to the question, "Is there marine life [worth protecting] in Singapore?"" Thanks Chee Kong!

Will they stay? Will we retain our battered marine life? It's going to be a challenge - ironicallly, today's Straits Times carried a report which says, "The Southern Islands - made up of the two Sisters Islands, Pulau Seringat, Lazarus Island and St John's Island - have already been enlarged by reclamation. They will be linked to Sentosa by boat or by a bridge, and further reclamation will be done to create the development." - ["Top-draw resort for southern isles." By Audrey Tan, Straits Times, Sat 13 Mar 2004]

Posted at 2:28AM UTC by N. Sivasothi | permalink | email |

Sat 13 Mar 2004

New BP/SSC guidebooks for 2004

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Singapore Science Centre & BP will launch the next two guidebooks in their excellent series at the end of the month. You can attend the launch at the Singapore Science Centre Tuesday 30 March 2004: 9.45am. Just send an email to: rsvp@science.edu.sg with your name and affiliation (you can put down Habitatnews).

A Guide to Herbs and Spices by Wee Yeow Chin

Herbs and spices have been used since ancient times. They figure very prominently in Asian cultures and cuisines as well. Many have been used both as flavourings as well as medicine as the active ingredients in the plants serve both purposes. Archaeological evidence indicates that spices were being used for such varied purposes as flavouring beer, deodorants, preservatives and in food preparations for the living and dead in their afterlife.

The guide gives a brief history of the spice trade and the use of herbs and spices in different cultures. The author also shares some family recipes where herbs and spices are used. More than 60 plants that are used as local flavourings are dealt with. Examples include the familiar ginger, candle nut and coriander to the slightly more unusual caper, dill and Perilla. The book includes origins, descriptions, parts used and active ingredients in each plant.

Posted at 12:52AM UTC by N. Sivasothi | permalink | email | Raffles Museum news