Soka Gakkai Malaysia Johor Organizes Environmental Preservation Lecture on Seahorses
On July 26, 2009, Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) Johor organized an environmental awareness lecture on the preservation of seahorses. Mr. Choo Chee Kuang, a marine science lecturer at the Faculty of Maritime Studies and Marine Science, Universiti Malaysia Terengganu was the guest lecturer.
Mr. Choo, an expert and researcher on seahorses, spoke about the low survival rate of the young seahorses and his research documenting the breeding habits and home ranges of a species of seahorses known as Hippocampus kuda. Mr. Choo has spent many hours in the Sungai Pulai estuary in Johor, Malaysia, the largest intertidal seagrass bed in Malaysia with the densest population of Hippocampus kuda, searching for, tagging and monitoring the creatures' behavior. Mr. Choo also talked about the effects of industrial developments near the Sungai Pulai that are threatening the estuary's fragile marine life. He emphasized the importance of educating the public on the need to save the seahorses to prevent their extinction. The lecture underscored a Buddhist concept known as "the oneness of life and its environment" and compassion that is needed to protect life. Approximately 120 people attended the lecture.
[Adapted from a report from Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM); photo courtesy of SGM]