There were several large patches of fresh green Sickle seagrass (Thalassia hemprichii). There were several clumps of Tape seagrass (Enhalus acoroides) with nice long blades. There were also small patches of Needle seagrass (Halodule sp.) both with broad blades and those with super skinny blades. Tiny-bladed Spoon seagrasses (Halophila ovalis) were found almost everywhere below the mid-water line.
June 2012 and first properly looked at the seagrasses here in July 2011.
Halimeda seaweed (Halimeda sp.). All kinds of other seaweeds were growing in clumps here and there, with a sparse growth of Bryopsis seaweed (Bryopsis sp.) everywhere.
Giant carpet anemones (Stichodactyla gigantea) here and they were quite large. Alas, I couldn't find any 'Nemo's in them.
Frilly anemones (Phymanthus sp.) and four large Haddon's carpet anemones (Stichodactyla haddoni). All of them were not bleached. But I didn't see any shrimps in the carpet anemones.
Striped eeltail catfishes (Plotosus lineatus)! I also saw several Moon crabs (Family Matutidae), Hairy crabs (Family Pilumnidae) and some swimming crabs (Family Portunidae). On the sandy shores, there were several Oval moon snails (Polinices mammila). But I didn't see any Common sea stars (Archaster typicus) here anymore.
Pore hard corals (Porites sp.) and all of them seemed alright.
Favid coral (Family Faviidae) too, and none of those I saw were bleaching.
Anemone coral (Goniopora sp.), Galaxy coral (Galaxea sp.) and Montiopora corals (Montipora sp.).
Giant clam (Family Tridacnidae)! Was the hole in the shell made by a drilling snail? Does it mean that there may be other Giant clams on this shore that are still alive? So much more to learn and discover!
massive reclamation for the new Pasir Panjang Container Terminal.
a thorough review of the situation on her blog, showing how the layout of blue drums have changed over time, including video clips of how the wake from passing ferries cause the drums to bash against the intertidal reef flat at low tide, and on the high shore, rocks battered by the blue drums and how a shattered blue drum is leaking foam all over the shore.
|What I saw in June 2013 just two months ago.|
|Photo by Sean Yap on facebook.|