Saturday, June 13, 2009

Semakau Landfill Revisited

It was in 2005 when a project landed on my lap to help with public relations effort for the opening of Semakau Landfill for recreational activities. It was an interesting project as it was different and intriguing.
While researching landfill, I found that the other site that was similar to Semakau was the Fresh Kills Landfill on the New York City borough of Staten Island in the United States. Both landfills have been turned into recreational areas for human use.
Waking up at 4 am and heading to the pier to catch the boat brought back lots of memories and some amount of excitement as this was my opportunity to see a different aspect of Semakau since the launch and I am glad I finally went back to revisit by signing up for a trip with the Raffles Museum of Diversity Research. Here's the group of eager explorers and their guides.Upon reaching the mangrove area on Semakau, it was a short walk through the mangrove area to reach the beach. We walked from the sea grass area to the coral rubble zone to the reef's edge all the while keeping a look out for marine critters in the tidal pools. Here's what we found... An almost transparent shrimp.Star fishes - Sand-sifting Sea Star, a Cushion Star and a Knobbly Sea Star a teddy bear crabAnd an eel I throughly enjoyed the trip.


tHE tiDE cHAsER said...

Great to know that you enjoyed the trip!

:) Ron

Shirls said...

I did! A little rude of me not to have thanked you but you were busy debriefing the volunteers.

Better late than never... thanks Ron.