Dated: 3 February 2006
Meet otters, nudibranchs, seahorses, octopuses, flatfish and many other marine creatures one would hardly associate with cosmopolitan Singapore in Living Treasures, a new documentary series on Channel NewsAsia (CNA). Home to some 8,000 species of marine flora and fauna, Singapore's marine habitats are as biologically diverse as those found in the Mediterranean and Caribbean seas.
This 8-part documentary series, hosted by local news presenter Ms Glenda Chong, offers a glimpse of the rich and diverse marine ecosystems that thrive on the shores of Singapore. Each week, Glenda and nature guides explore the marine life found at marine habitats such as the inter-tidal flats of Chek Jawa, the reefs of Kusu Island, the rocky shores of Labrador Park, the sandy beaches on St. John’s Island and the mangrove swamps at Sungai Buloh Wetlands Reserve.
Suupported by the Media Development Authority (MDA) and produced by local production company, Big Communications, the documentary series features exclusive footages of Singapore marine habitats and many of Singapore’s marine species. Such rare footages were captured by a crew that included local experienced divers and underwater photographers.
""Viewers will be surprised by the rich and diverse marine heritage we have around our shores. We are delighted with the production and hope it will help viewers at home and overseas rediscover and better appreciate Singapore's marine life"", said the MDA's Director of Media Content, Ms Amy Chua.
Mr Vincent Lim, Executive Producer for the series added, ""Some of these places and organisms have never been filmed before, and we are excited to share them with the viewers. Audiences will be thrilled to discover the many hidden wonders and beauty of our marine ecosystems. It is a realm of many surprises because so much is hidden from our sight and everyday experiences."
Living Treasures debuts this Saturday, 4 February at 8.30pm on CNA.