12 November 2014

Dive boat squashes reefs off Pulau Hantu

The MV Nautica, a large live-aboard dive boat was seen high and dry on the living reefs of Terumbu Hantu on 9 Nov, by friends who were diving (from another boat) in the area.
The brown bottom layer of the MV Nautica would usually be underwater if it was floating normally in the sea. This shows that the boat's entire weight is resting on the reefs and marine life at Terumbu Hantu.
Photo by Toh Chay Hoon on facebook.
Here's more about this boat, the reefs it squashed and other boat strikes we've seen on our reefs.


10 November 2014

Secret lagoon on Seringat-Kias

There is a secret lagoon just across from the Central Business District on mainland Singapore.
I explored it for the first time and discovered mangroves!


09 November 2014

Starry on Beting Bemban Besar

Beting Bemban Besar is among the biggest of our submerged reefs. We explore a tiny portion of it during a lovely evening low tide.
Lots of corals, lots of Knobbly sea stars, also giant clam and other special finds.



07 November 2014

A rare look at East Semakau

A quick look at the rich shores of Pulau Semakau before rain forced us to leave.
This shore is the natural part of Pulau Semakau that was spared when the Landfill was created. The Landfill seawall is on the left, with a lower  seawall built for the replanted mangroves. The reef in front of the seawalls was there long before the Landfill was constructed. So it is NOT true to say that the Landfill created the reefs.


06 November 2014

What do baby mangrove trees look like?

I was privileged to be allowed a sneak peek at the amazing native mangrove seedlings that have been magically sprouted at Uvaria Tide.
Here, with love and a 'secret sauce', a wide variety of mangroves trees are being grown from Singapore's own native stock. Above are lots of sprouting Bruguiera parviflora, a mangrove tree that is uncommon on our shores.

04 November 2014

Speak up for Pulau Ubin!

Upset by the results of the Ubin survey? Add YOUR views to the survey here
From AsiaOne 4 Nov 14
From social media comments, it appears the Straits Times article about the survey on Pulau Ubin has been met with some alarm and unease. The article says "While half of the 500 people surveyed said they wanted more modern conveniences on the island, heritage experts and nature enthusiasts want to preserve its untouched charm."

More background on the survey


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