BQLive: Marine Conservation

What drew you to this event?

I was curious to know more about the marine life in singapore as I have heard many different marine animals live in the intertidal areas and in Singapore’s waters. I saw this opportunity to learn more from an expert hoping that I could understand more about marine life in Singapore.

What are 3 things you learned from this event? Was there anything which surprised you?

Firstly, I learn that Singapore beaches is a breeding ground for turtles which really surprised me as I never heard about it until I attended this event. However there are challenges for these turtles when they come to lay there eggs in Singapore shores. Predators such as the monitor lizard that can locate the eggs and eat them. Another challenge is humans who would go near to these turtles to take photos with the flashlights on. This will scare the turtle back into the sea disturbing the nesting turtle.

Secondly would be humans impact in on marine life. The plastic is littered in the seas only only kill marine animals but also affect us humans. Plastic is broken down to microplastic which is then consumed by the marine life and in-turn consumed by humans affecting our health in the process. What surprised me was the fact that by going down to see marine life at intertidal area such as chek jawa can also create an impact on the enviroment due to trembling.

Lastly, would be the the volunteering opportunities available to allow individuals to contribute to marine conservation such as the intertidal watch. This allows volunteers to share their knowledge with others hence contributing to the marine conservation efforts.

Having heard from the speaker, what is 1 new insight or question you have about marine conservation?

One new insight would be that sometimes by leaving nature alone we are actually helping them .

How do you think people can contribute to marine conservation?

Simple actions like properly disposing your rubbish into bins or being plastic friendly goes a long way in helping marine conservation. Most importantly educating ourselves about marine conservation and the marine diversity and sharing this knowledge to others.

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