We arrived on this last untouched island in Singapore at sunrise. With the city skyline on the horizon. Pulau Jong is what our other recreational Southern Islands looked like before they were reclaimed and developed, e.g., Sisters Islands, Kusu Island, St John's Island, Lazaru Island and Pulau Hantu.
April which was rather quiet, with fewer hard and soft corals than before the mass bleaching in 2010. Today, I'm trying out the intertidal survey method along the 'spine' of Pulau Jong towards Pulau Sebarok, where major petrochemical stores are located. There are also plans to locate massive floating oil storage tanks here. These tanks will be the size of VLCCs (Very Large Crude Carriers).
Dermatobranchus sp., a small black spotted white Jorunna funebris and one Glossodoris atromarginata. Under a rock I found a Bornella sp. and another strange slug, but didn't get around to taking a photo of them. Fortunately, Kok Sheng took photos of them. Needless to say, everyone else found a lot more slugs.
leathery soft corals (Family Alcyoniidae) here are much smaller than before the mass bleaching in 2010. Today, they seemed mostly alright, although some had fuzzy growths at the edges.
Starry leathery corals. I also saw some Flowery soft corals (Family Nephtheidae) which looked alright.
Pore corals (Porites sp.). They all seemed fine, nice and brown, and I didn't see any bleaching.
Favid corals (Family Faviidae).
Sandpaper coral (Psammocora sp.), a Pebble coral (Astreopora sp.), some Disk corals (Turbinaria sp.) and several Anemone corals (Goniopora sp.). All seemed alright. Kok Sheng and the rest saw a wider variety of hard corals.
Maritigrella fuscopuntata, my first sighting of this in the South. Elsewhere, I saw many Blue-lined flatworms (Pseudoceros sp.). There were many Long black sea cucumbers (Holothuria leucospilota) too, and I saw two small sea cucumbers that might be the Little african sea cucumber (Afrocucumis africana).
Delek air (Memecylon edule) which was blooming and fruiting! Joseph Lai came with us a while back and has shared a list of plants found on Pulau Jong.
Sickle seagrass (Thalassia hemprichii) and Spoon seagrass (Halophila ovalis).
April, we saw many of these traps.
Fluted giant clam (Tridacna squamosa) on Pulau Jong is still alive. Hurray! We don't get to visit Pulau Jong very often and I hope it will stay well until our next trip.
Tomorrow, another submerged reef adventure!
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