I'm back for a quick look at the rich shore of Tuas with volunteers working at the company along this shore who monitor the seagrasses here with TeamSeagrass.
Helen pointed out a white-bellied sea eagle resting on Merawang Beacon before we started.
June 2010. The water was dotted with pale soft corals and hard corals. There were still signs of bleaching on my visit to Tuas in Oct 2010. More about coral bleaching on Bleach Watch Singapore.
I saw several Flowery disk corals (Turbinaria sp.) large and small, and one large Thin disk coral (Turbinaria sp.) which all seemed unbleached.
boulder-shaped Sandpaper coral (Psammocora sp.) that I rarely see elsewhere. They seemed to be fine.
Flowery soft corals (Family Nephtheidae) seem alright and were not 'glowing' in the water as during the height of coral bleaching.
sea fans (Order Gorgonacea) here!
zoanthids (Order Zoanthidea) on this shore of various kinds.
hydroids in the water! The white kind stings badly! We also saw several Ribbon jellyfishes (Chrysaora sp.) in the water, which also sting badly.
Spotted-belly forceps crab (Ozius guttatus)!
Thorny sea cucumbers (Colochirus quadrangularis), Orange sea cucumbers and one of the volunteers noticed a See-through sea cucumber (Paracaudina australis) my first sighting on Tuas. There were also some rather dried up sea cucumbers on the hot shore, which should recover when the tide turns.
Haddon's carpet anemones (Stichodactyla haddoni) here. Some had anemone shrimps.
"possibly the richest marine bio-diversity spot in Malaysia" and gazetted a Wetland of International Importance in 2003. The area is already going to be impacted by plans to develop a massive petrochemical installation there. Recently, volunteers with Save our Seahorses in Malaysia have started surveying for dugongs using a blimp in this area. Sungai Pulai is one of the three Ramsar sites in Malaysia, that lies just across from Tuas.
The shore near Merawang Beacon is a part of this special area. Hopefully, greater awareness of Sungai Pulai will be raised among Singaporeans with plans to develop a cross-border tourist attraction involving Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve and three Johor Ramsar sites of Sungai Pulai, Pulau Kukup and Tanjong Piai.