3 Jul 2021

Talks on restoration of Singapore's shores - July-August

Singapore has amazing coral reefs, seagrass meadows and mangroves! 
Join these talks to learn more about efforts to restore them, and how you can make a difference. Register here.

25 Jun 2021

It's Cephalopod Week 2021 and we're squidding with the Squids!

Cephalopod Week (which takes place annually around the last 2 weeks of June) champions octopuses, squids, cuttlefishes and all their kin! This year, the week runs between June 18-25, 2021. Among the cephalopod species, the octopuses are most well-known for its intelligence! If you missed out on learning about these cool animals, check out this article written by Megan Ng for the last International Octopus Day on October 8th. Our budding marine enthusiast is back with another lovely piece on the octopuses’ lesser-known relatives – the squids. Let’s dive in!

About the author: Megan is currently a final year Life Sciences major with a minor in Aquatic Ecology and Forensic Science at the National University of Singapore. Her passion for the ocean started when she was a young girl, as she was always very curious about nature especially marine life. Megan is a strong believer about conservation and tries to find ways to help our planet. She is writing for Celebrating Singapore Shores to spread the word about our marine life and conservation to the public through popular science writing!

See the Sharp, Spunky and Stunning Squids of Singapore! 

Diagram of squid anatomy hand drawn by Megan Ng. 
Source and information credited to Ms Meg Sodano. 

Cephalopods are molluscs?

The Octopus, Nautilus, Cuttlefish and Squid are all members of the Class Cephalopods. But, did you know that they are all also classified in the Phylum Mollusca? 

Though the common molluscs members may seem vastly different, they share similar characteristics with cephalopods too! For example, like molluscs, squids have a mantle cavity and a radula – which is an organ that acts as a tongue. This special organ is covered in sharp teeth to help cut food into smaller pieces and to help with swallowing. In squids, the radula is present in the beak, which plays a huge role in ensuring that food is cut into small pieces before being swallowed into their narrow oesophagus which goes through their doughnut-shaped brain!
 

22 Jun 2021

Intertidal and shore walks with Young Nautilus (Jul-Aug 2021)

Join Young Nautilus to explore our own coastal backyard in Singapore, and take a closer look at the amazing animals! Expose your children to science and nature, see in action what they have learnt in schools about wildlife! Here's their public programmes.
Founded by educators equipped with degrees in Life Science and Marine Biology, Young Nautilus is an education enrichment partner for schools and families that provide fun and engaging science learning journeys. By fostering a deeper understanding of the world and the dynamic changes that shape it, we enrich what are taught in the MOE syllabus.

15 Apr 2021

24 Apr (Sat): Croc & Friends - FREE Guided Walk at Sungei Buloh

Registration opens on 16 April 2021 (Friday) at 8am.  Learn about estuarine crocodiles at Sungei Buloh!
On this 45-minute guided walk with volunteer Bernard, observe crocodiles going about their daily business. And learn more about these huge fascinating beasts and their friends. 

More about our crocs in Smile, Singapore got crocodile! 

9 Apr 2021

Big Sister’s Island closed 10 April to October 2021

NParks announced that "As part of our cyclical inspection of structures in our parks, our appointed Professional Engineer found the jetty at Big Sister’s Island to be in need of repair. To ensure public safety, Big Sister’s Island and its jetty will be closed for repair works from 10 April to October 2021."
Living shores of Big Sisters Island
Big Sisters' jetty (right).

6 Apr 2021

Mass coral spawning 2021

Singapore's corals are alive and very sexy too. Their annual orgy of explosive sex just happened! Thanks to the dedicated team who have been keeping an eye on this event every year, and Vincent Choo and Toh Chay Hoon, we get a glimpse of what happened. 
Last year, coral spawning period was in the middle of COVID lockdown, so we didn't get a glimpse of what happened. Thus it's a relief to know that they Did It again this year.

 What is Mass Coral Spawning and why is it a big deal? More below!

2 Apr 2021

FREE guided CoralWalk at Keppel Bay

At Marina at Keppel Bay, marine life flourish on man-made pontoons and sea walls. Experience the vibrant and diverse ecosystem of corals, sea anemones, sponges and fishes. 
No need to swim, no need to dive! You won't even get your feet wet.

12 Mar 2021

Free marine workshops at the museum: 10, 24 Apr and 22 May

Free workshops on marine conservation at Singapore's own natural history museum!
These marine conservation themed workshops are organised under the Marine Protection Programme at the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum.

The programme includes a guided tour, hands-on activities and a marine card game

11 Mar 2021

20 Mar (Sat): Croc & Friends - FREE Guided Walk at Sungei Buloh

Registration opens on 12 March 2021 (Friday) at 8am.  Learn about estuarine crocodiles at Sungei Buloh!
On this 45-minute guided walk with volunteer Bernard, observe crocodiles going about their daily business. And learn more about these huge fascinating beasts and their friends. 

More about our crocs in Smile, Singapore got crocodile! 

22 Feb 2021

20 Mar (Sat): FREE walk at Coney Island

Registration opens on 23 February 2021, 9.30am. For kids and the family, join NParks volunteer guides to learn more about this accessible island. The 80-hectare Coney Island Park houses a wide variety of habitats, including coastal forests, grasslands, mangroves, and Casuarina woodlands. It is home to a wide variety of fauna and flora, some of which are critically endangered. 

19 Feb 2021

11 Mar (Thu) and 12 Mar (Fri): Kayaking at Pulau Ubin

Suitable for beginners, explore the secluded rivers of Pulau Ubin that is only accessible by kayak.

11 Mar (Thu): Ubin 2Rivers Trail
For beginners, explore a river that narrows so trees create a natural canopy of arching branches and leaves. This inner section of Pulau Ubin is only accessible by kayaks.
For families and beginners, this adventurous trail allows you to experience a canopied creek, a wide flowing river, and other scenic waters. See a part of Singapore only accessible by kayaks!

5 Feb 2021

Intertidal and shore walks with Young Nautilus (Mar-May 2021)

Join Young Nautilus to explore our own coastal backyard in Singapore, and take a closer look at the amazing animals! Expose your children to science and nature, see in action what they have learnt in schools about wildlife! Here's their public programmes.


Founded by educators equipped with degrees in Life Science and Marine Biology, Young Nautilus is an education enrichment partner for schools and families that provide fun and engaging science learning journeys. By fostering a deeper understanding of the world and the dynamic changes that shape it, we enrich what are taught in the MOE syllabus.