How much do you know about Singapore’s marine biodiversity?

Did you know that Singapore’s waters and coastlines are home to over 250 species of hard corals (that’s about a quarter of the world’s 800 or so species)? And the classroom isn’t the only place to learn these fun facts. This March holidays, the Marine Life Park launches the inaugural Marine Biodiversity Week, where visitors can learn more about Singapore’s marine biodiversity at the S.E.A. Aquarium.

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Learn and be awed.

Environmental volunteer group Youths for the Wild will spearhead the week-long programme from 16 to 22 March. The recipient of the Marine Life Fund has lined up a series of fun activities and interesting talks to engage visitors.

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Event schedule for Youths for the Wild’s “Splash on the Wild Side of Singapore”

Always wanted to know which of your seafood comes from Singapore waters? Look out for “Crouching Flora, Hidden Fauna” on 17 March, a talk on Singapore’s little-known marine life. The speaker is Ron Yeo, who is known for his active participation in the local nature conservation scene. Held at the Aquarium’s Ocean Dome,  admission to this talk is on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Is this mud crab going to end up as seafood?

Also, look out for Project Sapling, a joint initiative between the Ministry of Education and a group of final-year undergraduates from Nanyang Technological University’s Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information. This initiative will bring a customised curriculum of nature and environmental studies to a group of pilot pre-schools. Selected projects submitted by students from these pre-schools will be exhibited in the aquarium during this period.

Stay tuned to the blog next week for more updates about the first-ever Marine Biodiversity Week!

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