SGM Johor Organises Lecture on Saving the Seahorses

Jul 26, 2009 ◄ Back to list

On July 26, 2009, SGM Johor organised an environmental awareness lecture and invited Choo Chee Kuang, a marine science lecturer at the Faculty of Maritime Studies and Marine Science, Universiti Malaysia Terengganu to speak on "Saving the Golden Seahorses."

Choo is a researcher on seahorses. He said that a male seahorse can give birth to 800 babies at one time; the survival rate of the young seahorses, however, is very low. Part of Choo’s research has been documenting the breeding habits and home range of the rare seahorse, Hippocampus kuda. Choo has spent long hours exploring the Sungai Pulai estuary in Johor, searching, tagging and monitoring the creatures’ behaviour. Sungai Pulai is top ranked in terms of its ecological significance when compared to other estuaries in the country. The most prominent feature of Sungai Pulai is its possession of the largest intertidal seagrass bed in Malaysia and also its support of the densest seahorse population of Hippocampus kuda.

However, industrial developments near the Sungai Pulai, which is near the ports of the southern peninsula will threaten the fragile marine life in the estuary. Thus, Choo stressed that the public should be made aware about saving the seahorses, lest they become extinct.

Nichiren Buddhism also stresses on "the oneness of life and its environment". Protecting the environment is equivalent to protecting human beings. The lecture not only touched on the compassionate spirit of protecting life, but also helped the audience to deepen their understanding on the subject. About 120 people attended the lecture.