The Tanjung Rimau Beacon (green thing with the conical 'hat') lies just opposite Labrador Park (orange beacon). The water here is usually very clear, and quite calm at low tide despite the heavy boat traffic because of the reef edge.
Bleaching Alert Areas from the NOAA website. Singapore falls in the 'Watch' status.What is coral bleachingand why this is of concern on the Bleach Watch Singapore blog.
Pore corals. Most of them are nice and brown, a few are light brown and some had pink patches, a sign of stress.
Goniopora coral. Most were alright. Only a few small ones had bleaching patches.
Crinkled sandpaper corals and they were all alright. There were some small Disk corals, all of them were very pale. I also saw one plate Montipora coral and one Galaxy coral. The corals on this shore suffered badly during the mass coral bleaching event in 2010. So I was glad to see no bleaching corals today.
leathery soft corals. This leathery soft coral is growing next to what appears to be the long-dead shell of a Fluted giant clam.
Ferocious reef crab and Red egg crab. There were a few Hairy crabs too. I also saw one Black long sea cucumber. We usually see a lot more creatures during a night trip like the one we did in Sep 2014.
Marine spiders scuttling about on the shore. These are true spiders that live on the seashores. They forage at low tide and shelters in an air bubble in the coral rubble when the reef is submerged. They can also 'walk' on water!
Frilly sea anemones. I didn't see any other kind of sea anemone today.
sponges of various kinds.
Tape seagrasses with nice long (more than 1m) leaf blades.
Sickle seagrass which I last saw in Sep 2014.
Spoon seagrasses I saw were lush and green. But I did see a few patches with burnt leaf blades and transparent leaf blades where the green stuff has disappeared. I noticed this too in Jun 2013.
Hairy green seaweed.
Nyireh (Xylocarpus rumphii) mother tree and the young one next to her were doing fine. I didn't see any flowers or fruits but they both had nice green leaves. I forgot to check for the other sapling that I saw in Apr 2014.
Raffles pitcher plants near the trees. They were blooming and fruiting furiously.
floating 'security barrier' installed in 2012. They blue drums seem be to clumping together. The chain that attaches them to the shore continues to batter the rocks. Near the drums are living seagrasses and small coral colonies. I didn't go far out to check all the drums, but those I saw were intact and not broken. Heng Pei Yan saw broken drums when she last checked in Aug 2013. These drums
Tomorrow, our last morning low spring tide trip!
Posts by others on this trip
- Marcus Ng on facebook.