Siti is doing important seagrass studies at various sites including Chek Jawa. Today, I accompanied her on a hot scorching trip!
Seagrasses are important for dugongs, also called sea cows because they eat only seagrasses. As usual, we see dugong feeding trails on Chek Jawa!
Spoon seagrass (Halophila ovalis), Needle seagrass (Halodule sp.), Fern seagrass (Halophila spinulosa). Alas, I still failed to find Sickle seagrass (Thalassia hemprichii) that used to grow near the northern sand bar.
Smooth ribbon seagrass (Cymodocea rotundata) used to grow only in the pool on the top left.
Now they have expanded to cover an area about three times larger!
Beccari's seagrass (Halophila beccarii) is still found in the sandy patch near the boardwalk.
shore birds feeding on the seagrass and sandy shores. Intertidal areas are vital feeding grounds for these long-distance migratory birds. Without such feeding stop overs, their ability to travel long distances to breed in the Arctic circle will be affected.
help damaged seagrasses recover faster.
Coastal horseshoe crab (Tachypleus gigas) there today. Large 'craters' may be signs of large sting rays coming in at high tide to hunt for buried clams.
Crocodile flathead (Psammogobius biocellatus) which is a goby and not a flathead! Siti also spotted a small Toadfish (Batrachomoeus trispinosus).
Haddon's carpet anemones (Stichodactyla haddoni) on Chek Jawa, although not as plentiful as in the past. The mass deaths in 2007 killed off a lot of them as well as other marine life. The Carpet anemones and Common sea stars (Archaster typicus) has yet to return to the numbers before the 2007 event.
cerianthids (Order Ceriantharia). Sometimes called peacock anemones because they come in such a wide variety of colours, they are not true sea anemones. They build tubes that they can retract into, and are thus sometimes also called tube anemones.
Hairy sea hares (Bursatella leachii) today. These slugs are seasonally abundant.
Razor clam (Family Solenidae) digging rapidly into the soft ground.
ascidians. Unlike sponges
which are simple animals, ascidians are complex and have organs. In
fact, humans and ascidians belong to the same group!
Delek Air (Memecylon edule) trees growing on the rocky cliff sides of Chek Jawa. They are blooming!
Joseph Lai and his visitors. They are very lucky to have Joe as their guide. Joe
played a key role in the work on Chek Jawa before reclamation was deferred.
wild boar (Sus scrofa), young piglets have a striped pattern that reminds me of a watermelon! Her two older babies are also still with her.
Naked Hermit Crabs for our monthly free guided walk on the Chek Jawa boardwalk. Hope we will see Mama and her new piglets again!