Monday, September 7, 2009

What a hairy-looking caterpillar!

 What a hairy-looking caterpillar!
STOMPer Beachcomber shares some pictures he took at East Coast Park near the Bedok Jetty, including this one of a yellow and hairy caterpillar. 'The beauty of East Coast Park', he says.

 What a hairy-looking caterpillar!
 What a hairy-looking caterpillar!
 What a hairy-looking caterpillar!
 What a hairy-looking caterpillar!

Personally, I fail to see how these photos bring out the beauty of East Coast Park.

Several of my friends have visited the shores of East Coast Park in recent months, and they certainly had a lot of surprising encounters. Here's a list of blog posts done by these bold explorers.

From Ria:

From Kok Sheng:

From James:

And finally, from Marcus:

Another person who has helped show that these shores are far from sterile and lifeless is Wong Hoong Wei, who has published quite a number of short papers in Nature in Singapore, documenting new records of molluscs found along this stretch of coastline.


At the same time, however, these coastal environments are very heavily impacted by all sorts of human activities. These range from the actions of individuals, such as fishing and littering, to larger beach 'improvement' projects, development for leisure and recreation, and construction of coastal protection features.

This is a shore that I am certainly quite keen to explore further, especially considering that many of us, such as Liana, James, Kok Sheng, Chay Hoon and I live in the eastern half of Singapore. Hopefully the habitats will be able to withstand and recover from all the development that is going on all the time. The more we explore our shores, the more we realise how easy it is for marine life to colonise formerly barren, artificial shores and establish a thriving ecosystem.

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