22 Jul (Tue): Talk on "Singapore’s Other ‘Underwater World’"

In the 19th century, Pulau Blakang Mati and other southern islands were surrounded by dense coral reefs, a sight that impressed many visitors. Today, many of these habitats have been lost to industry and land reclamation, but a few reefs still survive and offer intrepid visitors and divers a chance to see dazzling marine life up close.

Three views of Singapore's wild shores! From the air, on land and underwater! For the first time, three of us together: Heng Pei Yan aka Drone Commander, Dr Neo Mei Lin aka Giant Clam Girl, and Ria Tan of wildsingapore.
For the first time in one talk!

From the Air
See spectacular views from the air shared by Heng Pei Yan aka the Drone Commander. She will also share about her diving adventures. Heng Pei Yan is a teacher who began diving at Pulau Hantu in 2012. She has become an active guide to the island’s reefs and other shores. She blogs at Peiyan Photography and run the SG Sea Drone facebook page.

Dr Neo Mei Lin is a Marine Biologist who works, among others, on Singapore's amazing Giant clams. She is an avid diver and photographer and active in many Singapore marine conservation efforts. Mei Lin blogs at Psychedelic Nature and about her scientific work in this blog.

And on land
No need to swim, no need to dive! Can even do with walking stick! Ria Tan will share how ordinary people can experience much of Singapore's amazing marine life on the intertidal shore. Otters, wild dolphins, sea turtles! Nemos, sea snakes, living corals and more. From accessible shores like Changi and Tanah Merah, to our many huge submerged reefs. Ria will share photos and stories of recent adventures on our living shores. Ria blogs at wild shores of singapore and runs the wildsingaporeweb resources.

Special gifts for those who come for the talk! This cute folding crab designed by Sabrina Tang, thanks to NParks and the Festival of Biodiveristy (while stocks last).

This talk is part of the Heritage Festival.

Free. Registration is on a first-come-first-serve basis and each talk has a max. seating capacity of 245 participants. Online registration available from 1 July.

In Partnership with: Yumei and Marcus

Time: 7.30pm - 9pm
Venue: National Museum of Singapore Gallery Theatre, Basement
Website and contact: http://www.heritagefest.org.sg/