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Wed 19 Jul 2006

A year of intertidal walks on Pulau Semakau

Category : education

16 Jul 2005 - Raffles Museum has conducted 17 Semakau intertidal/landfill walks since the islands landfill was opened for recreational activities on 17 July 2005. The walks have proved to be very popular and slots for the rest of the year have been fully booked.

A total of 625 people have attended the walks and came from public signups, schools (Yishun JC, Clementi Town Sec, CHIJ Toa Payoh, RI, AJC, Hwa Chong, Maris Stella, RJC, Bendemeer Sec, Madrasah Al-Irsyad Al-Islamiah), government agencies (MND, PRIS, Kampong Ubi CC) and corporate groups (HSBC).

Raffles Museum staff Wang Luan Keng who coordinates this series expresses her heartfelt thanks for the great support provided for this series by National Environment Agency staff, in particular Mr Ong Chong Peng, Mr Loo Eng Por, Mr Peter Yong, Mr Yew, Mr Poi, Shawn and Patrick.

These walks would not have been possible without the volunteer Semakau guides. Huge thanks are extended to Ria, Ron, Chay Hoon, Tiong Chin, Kah Chine, Alyce, Peter, Angeline, Siew Chin, Wai, Abigayle, Freddy, Howard, Jani and Danwei. Congratulations on accomplishing a year of discovery; well done everyone!

Walk participants commented:

The most interesting thing I learnt today is:

  • Intertidal was experiential and interesting marine/sea life.
  • That there are actually many organisms which we take for granted.
  • Things I study in book I saw it naturally and seen biologically diverse animals and plants in one place.
  • Singapore actually has quite a variety of underwater creatures (2)
  • Learnt about the landfill process (6).
  • About waste refuse management in Singapore (13)
  • The scary amount of waste Singaporeans produce and generate.
  • The rubbish at our home ends up at Semakau.
  • How to recycle useful things (2) and not to waste them
  • How a landfill actually is done and the many marine life seen at close hand
  • Nature and landfill co-exists
  • Large number of waste produced in Singapore (4)
  • Importance of recycling (the 3 Rs) and conservation (2)
  • Intertidal walk (3), experience in close encounter with the corals, sponges and crabs.
  • The landfill in Singapore to get rid of waste and the large amount of money spent by Singapore for waste.
  • Possibility of coexistence of development and environmental conservation.

What I found unique about the Semakau walk compared to other nature walks:

  • Landfill with the encounter with various corals/wildlife (4)
  • It's more interactive (3) and fun!
  • We can see marine life (not the usual living things); corals and crabs.
  • It helps me to understand better how Singapore cope with problems of waste disposal.
  • I could observe many unique animals and corals (coastal organisms) (3), in their natural state.
  • Able to walk among corals and feel the vastness of the sea.
  • We really got to experience nature and it creates awareness for us to protect them.
  • Two different world - 1) nature and 2) modern and industrial on the same island.
  • element of the government's involvement in preserving the island
  • Able to personally see unique marine creatures and gain deeper knowledge of them.
  • Semakau has an extremely beautiful coral and there were marine animals that were rare and can't be seen in other places.
  • hands-on experience where we could hold and touch the creatures.
  • talk about the background of the landfill - very educational (3)
  • A wide area of seagrass and its blue water beyond

The part of the walk I like best was:

  • I get to see and touch the things which I don't get the chance in daily life here
  • Getting a chance to get close to animals and actually feeling them which is a rare sight as we can usually only see them in textbooks
  • closer look at all marine life (10)
  • I get to see all the different species of corals so close up (2)
  • Get to see the crabs in their natural environment.
  • Among the corals near the edge of the island (4)
  • Being able to walk all the way out to the sea
  • Interactive
  • It's a classroom without walls.
  • intertidal walk (5)
  • seeing sea cucumbers, sea stars etc
  • extremely well planned, fantastic views, fascinating creatures
  • the excitement of our guide..
  • Walking in the clear water and ability to see the living creatures in it
  • Every step is where living things are found, has its own way of survival

Any other comments that will help us improve our walks:

  • lengthen the trip (3) - intertidal walk
  • It's really good already!
  • Couldn't be done better!
  • Tell us some interesting anecdotes on the background of the island or the tour, helps to make it memorable.
  • Give a talk before the intertidal walk to let us know more about the habitats and ecosystem and what to look out for.
  • The intertidal walk was fantastic and a real eye-opener. Thank you.
  • Very well organised (2) and well guided
  • Good enough! Keep it up
  • Longer please, thank you.
  • NIL. Keep smiling.
  • Keep up the good work
  • Worth every single dollar paid for. Very informative and educational
  • You guys have done a great job. Thank you.

Feedback compiled by Wang Luan Keng.

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