Terumbu Pempang Laut is one of our largest submerged reefs and located near industrial islands such as Jurong Island and Pulau Bukom.
Fire anemone has a nasty sting! But it's nice to come across one in the sandy area near our landing point. There were also many Common sea stars, some of them in mating position.
squids, leaving being ink in the shape of themselves! There were also many Blue-spotted fantail rays.
Bleaching Alert Areas from the NOAA website. Singapore falls in the 'Watch' status.What is coral bleaching and why this is of concern on the Bleach Watch Singapore blog.
|from the NOAA Coral Reef Watch website.|
branching Montipora corals in the middle of the reef. Sadly, the entire patch is dead. I first saw this patch in Apr 2011, and it was alright when I saw it in Jun 2014.
leathery soft corals on the reef, most were alright. But this leathery soft coral has a hole in the centre of the colony. We notice that these soft corals tend to fragment during coral bleaching period.
Asparagus flowery soft corals (three clumps on the left) that I saw were mostly looking rather pale or had a yellowish tinge.
leathery sea fan. I don't often see it and usually only one colony per reef.
Magnificent sea anemones. No shrimps or anemonefishes though.
Giant carpet anemones (no anemonefishes though) and many Frilly sea anemones. I didn't check the seagrass area in the middle of the reef so I didn't see any Haddon's carpet anemones.
Chocolate sponges were very pale (left lump). They are usually chocolate coloured (right lump). The other sponges I saw seemed alright.
Spoon seagrass growing near our landing point. I didn't see any dugong feeding trails here, unlike on our trip in May 2012.
Spoon seagrasses and Sickle seagrasses sprinkled among the rocky parts of the reef. Many were covered in ephiphytes.
Tape seagrasses I saw were 'cropped' although they were rather long.
the existing natural shores that may be impacted by the landuse plan by the Ministry of National Development released in Jan 2013 in response to the Populations White Paper with a 6.9 million population target. The dotted margined blue areas are "Possible Future Reclamation".
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