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Marine biologist soaks up info on sea sponges like a sponge

From as early as 1939, people here have already started using bath sponges, some of them sourced from Singapore’s waters. Now, a marine biologist wants people to come forward with their stories to trace the evolution of Singapore’s sponge industry.
Mr Lim Swee Cheng from the National University of Singapore's Tropical Marine Science Institute wants people to come forward with their stories of collecting or using sea sponges here, as part of his research into the economic, historical and cultura
Mr Lim Swee Cheng from the National University of Singapore's Tropical Marine Science Institute wants people to come forward with their stories of collecting or using sea sponges here, as part of his research into the economic, historical and cultural aspect of sea sponges in this region, for a book chapter.ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN

Use of natural sponges from Singapore's waters gives insight about the sea creatures - and island's heritage

Mr Lim Swee Cheng wants to speak to people about their bathing habits - their use of bathing sponges, to be precise.

And it would be good if grandma or grandpa are the ones responding, as he is interested in the use of natural sponges sourced from Singapore's waters.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 05, 2018, with the headline 'Marine biologist soaks up info on sea sponges like a sponge'. Print Edition | Subscribe