Finally, I got a chance to monitor the seagrasses at Labrador as part of TeamSeagrass.
Our last trip in Dec 2011 to try to monitor seagrasses here was abandoned because the tide did not fall as low as predicted. Today, we have better luck! I started in the area between the Promenade and the jetty. The seagrasses here seemed alright! Nice lush growths of Sickle seagrass (Thalassia hemprichii) especially close to the low water mark. Also a sprinkling of Spoon seagrasses (Halophila ovalis) here and there.
Tape seagrass (Enhalus acoroides) growing in deeper water here.
Seacil is still on the shore. There's not much seagrass around it.
Halimeda, Gracilaria and Caulerpa species, and many large clumps of Smooth sponge green seaweed, which are actually a combination of an algae and a sponge, just like lichen!
what Len of Seagrass-Watch shared about why they might be cropped.
Bryopsis seaweeds. These wash up on the high shore leaving a green carpet of seaweeds.
octopus right next to one of the readings! Ben saw another one too!
Blue spatula sponges.
zoanthids or colonial anemones of various kinds.
pink-spotted Bead anemone (Anthopleura buddemeieri) that I saw on my last trip here, and didn't have time to properly examine the high shore as it finally started to rain as the tide turned.
Labrador shore and the jetty are now permanently closed to the public due to safety issues. The natural cliffs along the shore are not very stable. Thanks to Yuet Hsin of NParks for permission to monitor, and Benjamin Lee for accompanying me!
Special thanks to Ben for lending me his torch because I forgot to bring both of mine! I'm afraid I slobbered all over his torch. Ben is smart. Before he handed it over, he asked how I was going to hold the torch when I needed both hands to monitor. I had to sheepishly explain that I would hold it in my mouth. I tried to clean it as best as I could before I returned his torch. Probably best he use a bit of Dettol on it! Thanks Ben!
For years, next to Labrador, there has been massive reclamation, dredging and other coastal works for the new Pasir Panjang Container Terminal which includes underwater blasting. Hopefully, as the massive construction nearby comes to an end, the seagrasses and other marine life at Labrador can return. It is only through long-term monitoring that we can learn more about what is happening on this shore.
More about TeamSeagrass and how you can volunteer to join the Team.
The next two days, I'll be going out with the Festival of Biodiversity team to gather live specimens of seagrasses for the Festival tank! Do join us this weekend for an easy look at some of our amazing seagrasses and the animals that live in our seagrass meadows!