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Tue 14 Feb 2006

Tide was high

Category : mangroves

Tide was high at 11am and it stayed high until we finished sampling at 1.30 pm. I had company this time, a sleepy, waterlogged Malaysian. At times we had water up to our chins as we navigated between the trees in search of tree-climbing crabs. With our hats covering our eye, we looked no better than mudskippers and could appreciate their dorsally-located eyes.

The mosquitoes at the Thalassina zone were dive-bombing the only exposed parts of my body, my nose and eyes. Unable to focus on the scuttling crabs, I exhaled jets of breath upwards through the corners of my mouth to knock them off course. It worked and kept my field of vision clear.

We captured, measured and released 94 Episesarma spp. We worked reasonably quickly and when we finished washing up, it was 3.15pm. We watched some newly-weds to be take photos around the pond at the Visitor Centre of the Sungei Buloh Wetlands Reserve. But we forgot to congratulate them as we were busy trying to get a cab back to NUS. Took 45 mins before a cab arrived, wonder why.

I was intent on buying the sleepy Malaysian some kopi because he stopped echoing measurements about halfway through the second batch of crabs. I realised then he was in poor shape, having spent the previous night catching snakes.

Hope he doesn't clutch the wrong kind of snake tonight. You see, he's just about back in the mangroves now, with a snake-catching group.

I hear they avoid the area I work in, after that project leader woke up one evening to find that the crocodile had come to visit. Now you know why I usually work the area with a smaller, snack-sized portion volunteer.

Seriously though, its time I circulated my sampling dates. Having Toddycats gain some field trip experience is invaluable. It's what got me started.

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