In 2007, there was mass deaths of carpet anemones and other animals at Chek Jawa. This is believed to be due to heavy rainfall as marine life can't cope well with too much freshwater.
yesterday's TeamSeagrass trip to Chek Jawa, I had a quick look to see how the shore is doing. I also noticed sand bar movement and we removed part of an abandoned driftnet.
It was good to see many small to medium sized carpet anemones (Stichodactyla haddoni) in the seagrass meadows. During the mass death, carpet anemones were bleaching, bloated up like balloons or exploded and rotting.
Warty pink sea cucumbers (Cercodemas anceps), only one Thorny sea cucumbers (Colochirus quadrangularis), a few Smooth sea cucumbers and one Ball sea cucumbers (Phyllophorus sp.) above ground. There were also some cerianthids aka peacock anemones although they are not true sea anemones. None of them were dead and most seemed alright.
Garlic bread sea cucumber (Holothuria scabra) that didn't see well, with parts of its body that seems soft and rotting. But the other Garlic bread sea cucumbers I saw seemed alright.
Smooth ribbon seagrass (Cymodocea rotundata) is now huge! And the seagrasses are lush and doing well. More on the TeamSeagrass blog.
Jul 2011, and we even saw dugong feeding trails here.
May 2009, that we even did seagrass training here.
Here's another look at the area near the pontoon, bare of seagrasses.
dugong feeding trails. This is why I feel it's important to keep driftnets out of Chek Jawa!
they are considered to be misbehaving. Humans are smarter than wild boar and we should be careful about our food when we visit wild places.
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