A wonderful blue sky day with TeamSeagrass at Pulau Semakau!
The Tape seagrass (Enhalus acoroides) in the middle of the meadows are nice and long.
Noble volute (Cymbiola nobilis)!
Fire anemone (Actinodendron sp.)! As its name suggests, we should NOT touch this.
Magnificent anemone (Heteractis magnifica) was also still there.
Bubble tip anemone (Entacmea quadricolor) is still there too! Alas, we couldn't find the seahorses that are usually here. But Marcus at Site 2 saw one in their transect line!
Phyllidiella pustolosa nudibranchs!
Frilly sea anemone (Phymanthus sp.) in the sand.
Giant carpet anemone (Stichodactyla gigantea). Jose saw one that might have had a clown anemonefish!
Brain coral (Family Mussidae) and Carnation coral (Pectinia sp.).
Api-api jambu (Avicennia marina) is doing well, although there were few fruits on it today.
Bakau pasir (Rhizophora stylosa). They were producing lots of seedlings! Good to know.
TeamSeagrass is a volunteer programme that monitors many of our shores including Pulau Semakau, Chek Jawa and Cyrene Reef. Here's more about how to join TeamSeagrass.
Today, there was a big team out on Pulau Semakau with Zeb Hogan, led by the Nature Society (Singapore) team for their nature documentary contest event. Marcus had a nice long chat with Zeb too. In the news, Zeb says "I was surprised when I came to Semakau because it's a landfill - Semakau Landfill. I didn't know what to expect and being out here, there's so much life out here. That was the most surprising thing. The biodiversity here, in the inter-tidal zone in Semakau, is equally rich to what I've seen in other areas in other inter-tidal zones. So, that was surprising, seeing so many different kinds of sponges, crabs, different species of shrimps, many different species of fish, very rich life."
Today, news is out that the big lagoon in the landfill will be partitioned and used for depositing the ash from our incinerators. The landfill is fast filling up! Although it is expected to meet Singapore's needs until 2024, if we want to avoid expanding the landfill further after that, which would destroy the seagrasses and other marine life on Pulau Semakau, we need to intensify efforts to reduce, reuse and recycle!