I brought Ben Godsall, on a 3-month stint from Imperial with the Systematics & Ecology Lab, out for a recce at Lim Chu Kang mangrove (LCK). Mandai used to have greater numbers but LCK is safe for a recce during an immersed high tide spring walk. Brought me back to 1990 when I'd take the bus down to do my night work and race out to catch the last bus out.
Mudskippers were up and about (both the larger species), a pair of horseshoe crabs were mating, a cuttlefish swam by and of course the tree-climbing crabs. We focused on the Selatium brockii prime estate and they didn't disappoint. Ben got acquainted with the site, population size there, seeing the crabs in their natural setting, handling the crabs gently so no legs are lost and conducting measurements in the field. He got a mouthful of LCK water too, on our way out. He's much taller so you can imagine I was under water too.
Lots of trash about so the July bi-annual cleanup will be a welcome effort once again.
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