An amazing variety of hard corals have settled on the seawall at the Terminal.
Acropora coral (Acropora sp.) colonies.
Favid corals (Family Faviidae) are abundant with many colourful colonies, some of them quite large.
Anchor coral (Family Euphyllidae), several colonies of Anemone corals (Goniopora sp.) and Galaxy corals (Galaxea sp.).
Cauliflower coral (Pocillopora sp.), several of Boulder sandpaper coral (Psammocora sp.) and many medium sized colonies of Lettuce corals (Pavona sp.), and smaller colonies of Carnation corals (Pectinia sp.) which I couldn't take good photos of.
Circular mushroom corals (Fungia sp.) still stuck onto rocks, and many small colonies of Brain corals (Family Mussidae).
Disk corals (Turbinaria sp.) of various kinds and many large colonies of Bracket mushroom coral (Podabacia sp.).
Cabbage coral (Trachyphyllia geoffroyi). Sadly, it seems to be bleaching.
I also saw some reef animals: several the Spurred turban snail (Astralium calcar) which I don't see very often, and one Dolphin shell snail (Angaria delphinus). There was also one Sally-light-foot crab (Grapsus albolineatus) and a Red egg crab (Atergatis integerrimus).
coral barnacles (Pyrgoma sp.) boring into it.
massive oil spill of May 2010 and global coral bleaching in the same year. It was good to see that most of the corals seemed healthy. With a good variety of species. While I can survey the other intertidal parts of Tanah Merah regularly, this reefy seawall can only be safely surveyed once a year.
2011 and 2010 and 2009. He has found yet another stretch of reefy seawall further away from the terminal. He surveyed it separately this year and shared awesome photos of what he saw there. Pei Yan and Rene visited this stretch today.
I hopped over to the other side of the seawall, where there is a sandy lagoon. Two large patches of seagrasses (orange arrows) have sprouted here.
Smooth ribbon seagrasses (Cymodocea rotundata) are now lush meadows that have grown enormously.
Haddon's carpet anemones (Stichodactyla haddoni).
flower crab (Portunus pelagicus), a washed up squid (Family Loliginidae) and a large sea anemone, probably the Pearly sea anemone (Paracondylactis sinensis). I also saw a Garlic bread sea cucumber (Holothuria scabra) and Rene spotted a Frilly sea anemone (Phymanthus sp.).
Brown stripe wrasse (Halichoeres bicolor).
Bartail flathead (Platycephalus indicus).
Arabian cowrie (Cypraea arabica). This cowrie is usually found in reefs and we have seen it several times at Tanah Merah.
May 2013, I saw what looks like a Mangrove Cannon-ball tree (Xylocarpus granatum) growing on the high shore!
Festival of Biodiversity! Come visit us at Vivo City to learn more about the amazing shores that Singapore has!
But what about the OTTERS??!!
Ah yes. When I met up with the NParks team, they excitedly told me about the otters that they encountered while doing their transect. Kwan Siong showed me these awesome photos of the otters!
|Photo by Koh Kwan Siong on facebook.|
Posts by others on this trip
- Rene Ong on facebook with lots of colourful corals.