First Pulau Hantu Intertidal Walk by RMBR

RMBR organised its first public intertidal walk at Pulau Hantu on 2 April 2010 to 42 students and members of the public.

Located to the south of the main island of Singapore, Pulau Hantu actually comprises two smaller islands – Pulau Hantu Besar (Big Ghost Island) and Pulau Hantu Kechil (Little Ghost Island). The two islands are separated by a shallow lagoon that gets exposed during low tide.

The participants were brought to the exposed sandy shore in the lagoon, after which they were brought to the reef edge.

Here are some of the highlights of the trip.

Pulau Hantu is among the few intertidal areas in Singapore that red feather stars (Order Comatulida) can be easily spotted. They possess feather-like tentacles which give them their common name.

The magnificent anemone (Heteractis magnifica) is one of the biggest sea anemone found in local waters, and some can grow up to one metre across!

Octopuses (Order Octopoda) are quite common in the rocky and rubble areas. These animals are able to change their colours to blend into the surrounding.

More photos of the trip can be found here.

You can also find out more about the nature walks organised by RMBR here.

[Photographs by Ron Yeo and Pang Wei Han]

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