15 August 2018

Seagrasses doing better at Beting Bemban Besar

Seagrasses appear to be doing better on Beting Bemban Besar, one of our largest submerged reefs!
Seagrasses at Beting Bemban Besar, Aug 2018
Although I didn't come across many corals, none of them were bleaching.

14 August 2018

The other side of Pulau Jong

We arrived before sunrise, with huge ships passing along the Jong Fairway next to the island. Vessels going to and from Pulau Bukom, Pasir Panjang Container Terminals and even Jurong Island must use this Fairway.
Living shores of Pulau Jong
For the first time, I explored a different part of Pulau Jong today. I discovered it had lots of rock pools with interesting marine life in them. I also had a closer look at the rocky cliffs and coastal forest of this last unspoilt island of Singapore.

13 August 2018

Sea fan garden at Changi

This delicate garden of sea fans is exposed only at the very lowest tides. Which tend to happen at ungodly hours. The reefiest parts of the shore were furthest away from human reach.
Living sea fans at Changi Coastal Boardwalk
Today, the sea fans were still there, although those near the boardwalk were dead. While there were lush growths of seagrasses, sponges don't seem to be doing very well. There continues to be abandoned traps and nets on the shore.

12 August 2018

Cyrene with Burrowing giant clams!

A dawn survey at Cyrene and I saw Burrowing giant clams here for the first time!
Sunrise at the living shores of Cyrene
Although it lies in the middle of an industrial triangle and major shipping lanes, Cyrene has some of Singapore's best shores. The rest of the team saw lots of Knobbly sea stars and other wonderful marine life.

11 August 2018

Changi still lively!

A seagrassy stretch of Changi is still very lively as we surveyed on a very low spring tide.
Various marine life on Changi Beach
I saw Noodle seagrass for the first time north of Tanah Merah! But there were fewer Knobbly sea stars, and the seagrasses were heavily coated in epiphytes.

08 August 2018

Happy National Day with dolphins, sea turtles and dugongs!

YES! Singapore got dolphins, sea turtles and dugongs. Plus otters in the Southern Islands! Here's a compilation of recent sightings.
Baby sea turtles hatching on our shores!
From video by NParks in July 2018
Happy National Day!


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