Today, I attempted a video of some of the highlights of this special shore.
sea fans are still somewhat plentiful.
Flowery soft corals, though they were much smaller and not as abundant as before.
Ball soft corals. I only saw two Long black sea cucumbers and no other kinds of sea cucumbers.
Disk corals and Pore corals. None of those I saw were bleaching. I also saw some small Haddon's carpet anemones. But I couldn't find anemone shrimps in any of them. There were also some Cerianthids. There are still large clusters of what appear to be Starry leathery soft corals.
Cryptic sea stars on the high shore (can you spot two of them in the photo?). These sea stars are uncommon. So far, we have only seen lots of this sea star at Pulau Semakau. The rest of the team also spotted some large Cake sea stars.
Spoon seagrass left on the shore. Probably because of the extreme sedimentation that has led to a much sandier shore. But once the cause of the increased sedimentation is reduced, the seagrasses will probably grow back. Just like those we saw yesterday settling on artificial shores in the East.
Api-api putih and Perepat trees on this shore. They seemed healthy, with some blooming.
Here's some graphics of the Forest City reclamation from recent media articles.
|From Straits Times, 19 Mar 15|
|From The Malaysian Insider, on Today Online 19 Mar 15.|
Mar 2015 and we led a trip for agencies here in a few days later.
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