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Reconstructing a Sperm Whale’s Tale

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Reconstructing a Sperm Whale’s Tale


Four years after a female sperm whale was found dead in Singapore waters, scientists are starting to put the pieces together to reconstruct the story of how she got to be there. Discovered off Jurong Island in July 2015, she was the first (and only) sperm whale sighting that has been recorded here till date.

Visiting Scientist Feature: Dr. Alexander Ziegler


Last week, we welcomed a new visitor to the museum! Hailing from the University of Bonn in Germany, Dr. Alexander Ziegler studies sea urchins as well as other marine invertebrates. In particular, his research focuses on the internal anatomy of sea urchins. Dr. Ziegler at his workstation in one of our research labs. Traditionally, researchers

Visiting Scientist Feature – Mr. Bruce Jenkins


This week, we have a new visitor here at LKCNHM! Mr. Bruce Jenkins is a research associate from the Australian Museum in Sydney, focusing on the study of Malacology (i.e., molluscs and other shellfish). An avid shell-collector as a teenager, Mr. Jenkins began his career as a research assistant at the Australian Museum in the

Visiting Scientist Feature – Mr. Muhammad Masrur Islami


Hello! We are back again with another visiting scientist feature – this time, on Mr. Muhammad Masrur Islami, a research associate from the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) in Ambon, Indonesia. Mr. Masrur is collaborating with our curator, Mr. Tan Siong Kiat, and Dr. Tan Koh Siang from the Tropical Marine Science Institute (TMSI) to

Visiting Scientist Feature: Ms. Conni Sidabalok


We’re back yet again with another visiting scientist feature – this time, on Ms. Conni Sidabalok from the Research Center for Biology, Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI), in Cibinong, Indonesia. Ms. Sidabalok was here to sort and examine marine isopod specimens collected from the SJADES 2018 expedition. During her 3-week visit, she examined marine isopods

Visiting Scientist(s) Feature: Echinoderm Edition


(From left) Dr. David Lane, Ms. Ismiliana Wirawati, and Mr. Indra Bayu Vimono in the LKCNHM research lab. This September, we have yet another bunch of research visitors at the museum to examine specimens from the recent SJADES deep-sea expedition! This time, we are featuring three researchers who study echinoderms (i.e., marine animals such as sea

Visiting Scientist Feature: Dr. Tsunemi Kubodera


Three years of planning, and multiple expeditions consisting of sitting in the dark depths of the deep sea for around eight hours, enclosed in a small submersible. It took all these extensive efforts (and more) for Dr. Tsunemi Kubodera to become the first person to photograph and capture footage of the legendary giant squid (Architeuthis

Harryplax severus and the Twenty-year-old Secret


A secret that evaded detection for almost 20 years has finally been uncovered with the discovery of Harryplax severus. Sorry to disappoint all the ‘Potterheads’ out there, but this is not a synopsis of a new Harry Potter spin-off. Rather, it is a tale of how a new species of crab was discovered by LKCNHM

Indopinnixa shellorum, A new species of crab described from Singapore!


A new crab species described from Singapore by our resident crab taxonomist, Professor Peter Ng (Head, Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum)! Described as Indopinnixa shellorum, they live in close association with sipunculan worms. This crab is also tiny, measuring only 4 mm across! It is no wonder why they have evaded detection for years, even