More mangrove saplings have settled naturally on the other side of the artificial seawalls of Pulau Hantu!
Hazel who is studying marine life that settle on our artificial shores, pointed out the profusion of mangrove seedlings that have taken root on this seawall.
Some saplings at various stages of growth.
Some of the saplings have grown quite well.
Mangrove cannon-ball tree.
Fluted giant clams that we have started to spot at Pulau Hantu recently. Mei Lin studies these clams and is working on repopulating our shores with them. Alas, the first one we showed her had died! It is quite large too! We just saw it in Aug 2014 and it was alive. Oh dear.
What is coral bleaching and why this is of concern on the Bleach Watch Singapore blog.) I saw this large colony of Anemone coral which looked rather yellowish and 'bleachy'. But most of the corals I saw seemed alright.
Circular mushroom coral and Tongue mushroom coral I saw were not bleaching.
Cauliflower corals and Crinkled sandpaper coral.
Asparagus flowery soft corals and Spiky flowery soft corals I saw today were not bleaching.
leathery soft corals and they were all doing fine.
Mei Lin spotted a Fire anemone, the first time I've seen one at Pulau Hantu. I also saw the Magnificent anemone and many Giant carpet anemones. Some had anemonefish in them, but the fishes were too shy for a photograph.
There are also many colourful sponges on the shores. This pink fluffy ball is just the tiny tip of a large buried sponge! Behind it is a nice Black bath sponge.
cuttlebone! The original cuttlefish it belonged to must have been huge! Indeed, the Hantu Bloggers who regularly conduct guided dives at the reefs of Pulau Hantu sometimes come across enormous cuttlefish!
mangrove trees that had settled on the artificial seawalls on other side of the lagoon are still doing well. And the Tape seagrasses here are also doing well.
Tape seagrasses that were cropped short. Similar to what we saw at Pulau Semakau two days ago.
I noticed, some Tape seagrasses had large brown rotting patches near the base of the plant. Is this the beginning of a 'cropped' Tape seagrass blade? What is causing it? How can we stop it? I don't have the answers but I hope the scientists are working on it.
a scientific paper by Dr Zeehan Jaafar and Dr Loh Tse-Lynn on the impacts.
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