The team celebrates National Day with a flag-filled field trip! We had a great survey of Pulau Semakau with many starry finds.
Our trip started well before dawn. Pei Yan has brought cute little flags for all of us! Thank you! They're much easier to bring along with us than the big flappy flag, which stayed on the boat.
Knobbly sea stars (Protoreaster nodosus). I saw six including a small one about 15cm across (with flag). Small sea stars are exciting because it shows that there are new sea stars settling on the shore. Sadly, we haven't seen small sea stars at Cyrene Reef for some time.
Galloping sea star (Stellaster equestris) shortly after we arrived! It is indeed said to 'gallop', moving in a series of jerks or leaps through synchronised stepping action of its tube feet. But we haven't observed this so far in the specimens we've seen.
Common sea stars (Archaster typicus) on this shore.
Laganum sand dollar (Laganum depressum). It is not commonly encountered and it's my first time seeing it on Pulau Semakau. Though Kok Sheng has spotted them before in this stretch of shore. Hurray! Chay Hoon also spotted another Masked burrowing crab.
Dog-faced water snake (Cerberus rynchops). The rest of the team spotted a Banded file snake (Acrochordus granulatus).
Tape seagrass (Enhalus acoroides).
Pore hard corals (Porites sp.) were alright except for one which was pale and had diseased looking portions.
Sandpaper coral (Psammocora sp.) were rather painfully bright green.
Favid corals (Family Faviidae) and most of those I saw seemed alright. Although a few were rather pastel in colour.
Cauliflower coral (Pocillopora sp.) and it was alright with one feisty little Red coral crab (Trapezia cymodoce) in it!
Fire anemones (Actinodendron sp.), one of them seemed to be bleaching.
Giant carpet anemones (Stichodactyla gigantea), most were small. I didn't see any 'Nemo's in them, but the rest of the team saw some. I only came across one small Haddon's carpet anemones (Stichodactyla haddoni). Chay Hoon also saw a Very long sea anemone.
leathery soft corals (Family Alcyoniidae) seemed alright although one was squished up and had portions that seemed to be rotting. I saw one spiky soft coral, which is usually pale even when it's not bleaching.
Sargassum seaweed (Sargassum sp.) has started to bloom! Seems rather early this year. Well hopefully, this well help keep the reefs cool?
Project Driftnet blog.
said to be the largest fish farm in Singapore. It sure looks much larger than it did when it was first set up in 2008.
potential impacts of fish farms?
a huge net that probably came from the fish farm. It had washed up on the shore.
NEA plans to limit the damage to natural shores during the construction work for this expansion of the landfill.
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