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Tue 03 May 2005

May Day rain

Category : mangroves

Friends and I spent the May Day afternoon/evening in the rain-soaked mangroves of Sungei Buloh hunting elusive tree-climbing crabs in the neap tide. The crabs hardly emerge when the tide is so low and we could only capture (and release after measurements) less than half the usual number.

The only relief was the absence of trash floating in from the Johor Straits. Can expect that with next week's higher voume of water during the spring tide. We'll take more pictures and persuade the appropriate agency (I'll use Cut Red Tape) to reposition the booms that were set up at the mouth of this estuary a few years ago.

The trash can be deflected towards Kranji mangroves more effectively where it can accumulate in a smaller area, making it easier for for removal, and remain out of sight. Our annual coastal cleanup will help clear it.

With dusk, the mosquitoes came out in full force, even affecting me. Thankfully the ladies had packed the super-strong SAF repellent.

When we finally left, the park gates were locked (the park closes at 7pm) so the security guard unlocked the gates and waved us off. Thankfully someone had driven and we could head out to Sungei Kadut for a hot drink before returning supplies to the museum.

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