Marine Open House 2018 POSTED ON March 16, 2018 BY Clarisse Tan The rain last Saturday did not dampen the spirits of the crowd at our Marine Open House! Starting from registration in the morning, the air was filled with excitement and chatter. Throughout the day, visitors were taken on a learning journey under the sea, with various events focused on marine science. In his talk, “Wet & Wild: Marine Biodiversity Expeditions”, LKCNHM Museum Officer Dr. Jose C. E. Mendoza recounted his personal experiences on various marine biodiversity expeditions in the region. Dr. Jani Tanzil, a Senior Research Fellow at the St. John’s Island National Marine Laboratory (TMSI, NUS) and the Asian School of the Environment (NTU), also shared with visitors in her talk on the immense wealth of information that is archived within corals, and the steps taken to study them. Dr. Jose C. E. Mendoza in his talk, “Wet & Wild: Marine Biodiversity Expeditions”. Dr. Jani Tanzil in her talk, “Corals as Natural Archives of the Past”. Visitors not only enjoyed complimentary entry to the museum, but also complimentary guided tours of the main gallery by the Outreach and Education Unit that revolved around the theme of marine biodiversity. Enthusiastic visitors also raced against time in our treasure hunt sessions, with the fastest 25 correct entries winning exclusive prizes that included our book, “Whale Out of Water”. Visitors enjoying a complimentary guided tour. Preparing to give out the Treasure Hunt worksheets. Racing against time to complete the Treasure Hunt worksheet. Bright-eyed children were drawn as well to the eye-catching booth filled with handcrafts by our community partner, Fei Yue Community Services. Our community partner, Fei Yue Community Services. The enthusiasm of the 658-strong crowd at our Marine Open House has really warmed our hearts. We would like to extend our thanks to everyone who played a part in making this year’s Marine Open House a success.