Siti and I monitor the seagrasses at Labrador as part of TeamSeagrass early this morning.
My last trip here was in May. The seagrasses near the entrance are still looking well. Mostly Sickle seagrass (Thalassia hemprichii) with Spoon seagrasses (Halophila ovalis) nearer the high water mark, and nice long Tape seagrass (Enhalus acoroides).
what Len of Seagrass-Watch shared about why they might be cropped.
Montipora corals (Montipora sp.), Favid corals (Family Faviidae) and Pore corals (Porites sp.).
Pore corals (Porites sp.) and Small goniopora corals (Goniopora sp.). I didn't see any bleaching corals today.
zoanthids of all kinds, a small patch of feathery soft corals (Family Briareidae), and several Frilly sea anemones (Phymanthus sp.).
tube worms, their slender tubes forming a hairy mat. We also notice the tubeworms among the Spoon seagrasses. Do the worms help the seagrasses settle by forming a mat? Or the other way around? So much more to learn about our shores.
sponges too. Although they were mostly small and well dispersed.
Barrel sponges (Xestospongia testudinaria). Hopefully, they will grow up to reach the 50cm wide barrel sponges that we see elsewhere.
Smooth sponge green seaweed, which are actually a combination of an algae and a sponge, just like lichen! aMost of the shore, however, is quite bare. Among the common seaweeds growing here were various Halimeda, Gracilaria and Caulerpa species. Unlike our last monitoring here in May, today there wasn't a bloom of Bryopsis seaweeds.
octopus! Sneaky Cam is too feeble to take a good shot before it disappeared into its burrow. But we didn't see many other animals today.
Seacil is still there. There's not much seagrass around it. One thing I noticed is that there is not a lot of litter on this shore. Probably because the fishing jetty has been closed for a very long time.
more about this when I checked up on it about a week earlier.
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.
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.
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