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Fri 02 Sep 2005

Dolphins sighted off St. John's Island

Category : marine

02 Sep 2005 - Once again Jani Thuaibah of The Blue Tempeh spots dolphins in our waters! She starts sending me SMS' at 12.50pm (I can almost hear her screaming, and the first two messages were in all block caps.):

"Argh! I am looking at dolphins breaching the water, jumping, playing, so near the shore, sometimes 5 to 10 metres away but I have no camera! How frustrating is that? Argh!"

[Where are you?] "St. John's Island Jetty! Argh! Argh! Argh! They're so beautiful! Argh! Argh!"

[How many?] "About five, one pink baby, one pink and grey, the rest all grey.

TL [Loh Tse-Lynn] might have a video. Quite blur though. Breaching"

"For a day with maximum one metre visibility, the dolphins were playing for over an hour!"

From handphone-video footage (x2 zoom) by Loh Tse-Lynn.
Click image to play 16s QuickTime video or ctrl/right-click to download.

Loh Tse-Lynn managed to capture some footage on an overcast day without a camera or video (you can hear her say, "eh, bring your camera leh!") - so its blur and dark but still it gives some impression of what they saw and how happy they must have felt! Jani later said,

"Here's a short video of the dolphins jumping. It's BLUR... and it's DARK....and it's SMALL.. but it's THERE... and they were JUMPING. WARGGHHH!!!

SO EXCITING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I was laughing and screaming and tearing at the jetty ALL ALONE while TL and my buddies were still diving... ARGHHHHHHHHH


It's best you download the footage and enlarge the playback; then you see the dolphins leap and splash back into the water twice!

This is the third reported sighting in 2005 of dolphins in our southern waters. The first report caught video footage. The best photos are by far Chim Chee Kong's relatively close shots in March 2004! Thank goodness for those - we show both during "Marine Life in Singapore" school talks in conjunction with the International Coastal Cleanup, to the shouts of disbelieving students who go "Photoshop! Photoshop!" Viddeo then usually silences them, but for a second or two only!

Posted at 1:30PM UTC by N. Sivasothi | permalink | email |

Fri 02 Sep 2005

03 Sep 2005 - "Life on the Edge: Living Shores of Singapore" (talk)

Category : talks

"Life on the Edge: Living Shores of Singapore"

A talk by Ria Tan, WildSingapore
Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, Sat 03 Sep 2005: 11.00 am

Normal admission (adults $1.00) to the reserve applies.

"Don't need to swim! Don't need to dive!

Ria Tan will share her above-water photos and adventures on our rich shores. From Semakau to Chek Jawa, Pulau Hantu to Changi, and beyond. She will also share about how you CAN make a difference for nature in Singapore.

The Blue Water Volunteers will also be at the talk with an exhibition showcasing our marine wildlife and fascinating booth of marine publications AND a great game for children of all ages (yes, that includes those above 21) with prizes (of course)."

See What's on this week.

Posted at 3:38AM UTC by N. Sivasothi | permalink | email |

Fri 02 Sep 2005

3rd & 4th Sep 2005 - Pasir Panjang Heritage Trail

Category : events

Pasir Panjang Heritage Trail
Sat 03 Sep & Sun 04 Sep 2005

Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research,
National University of Singapore
& Reflections at Bukit Chandu
National Archives of Singapore

The Heritage trail unveils the Battle of Pasir Panjang and the flora and fauna of Kent Ridge Park.

During this trail, the significant points of the Battle of Pasir Panjang will be pointed out to visitors. During this battle, a small force of the Malay Regiment valiantly defended the ridge against the invading Japanese Imperial Army. The Reflections at Bukit Chandu museum provides more pieces to the battle and lets us reflect on Singapore's heritage of heroism.

Visitors will also be introduced to the distinctive plants of the Adinandra belukar including native plants like adinandra, tembusu, tiup-tiup and senduduk, and their practical uses. Enjoy the canopy boardwalk and hope to be surprised by flying dragons, crested green lizards, squirrels and sea eagles. View the south-western islands and see markers of the changing Pasir Panjang shoreline brought alive with the memories of former residents.

Event details
This event is held on two days with two different timings.

03 Sep (Sat): 9am & 11.30am
04 Sep (Sun): 9am & 11.30am

Registration details
Registration and participation is free but spaces are limited.

Please email Stella Wee at stella_wee@nhb.gov.sg
or call Eileen Ng at 6332-7973.

Please provide
(email) Subject: Pasir Panjang Heritage Trail

  1. Your full name.
  2. Handphone number.
  3. The number of friends accompanying you.
  4. Date you are attending.
  5. Time you are attending.

Registered participants will be informed of transport arrangements.

For more information about the trail, please visit the Pasir Panjang Heritage Webpage.

See the STB webpage, Singapore commemorates the 60th annniversary of the end of World War II.

Posted at 2:29AM UTC by N. Sivasothi | permalink | email | Raffles Museum news