We started and ended at the old jetty at the Serapong Golf Course. Thanks to Sheila for showing us an easy way to get down the seawall nearby. Under the jetty, there were colourful sponges and sea fans too. Here's a video clip of them.
Ridged montipora corals growing there.
Magnificent anemones, some Frilly sea anemones and one Haddon's carpet anemone in the sandy patch near the old jetty. But no Giant carpet anemone. In one of the Magnificent anemones I saw a pair of anemone shrimps. But I didn't see any 'Nemos' in any of them. In May 2012, every one of the 10 Magnificent anemones had clown anemonefishes in them.
flowery soft corals and Button zoanthids. As usual, there were plenty of different kinds of sponges.
Branching montipora corals near the high shore. None were clearly bleaching although some of the tips and parts of the colony appeared dead.
What is coral bleaching and why this is of concern on the Bleach Watch Singapore blog. Fortunately, the latest Bleaching Alert Areas from the NOAA website shows that Singapore now falls outside the 'Watch' status. So let's hope our corals have passed the danger period for the year.
leathery soft corals.
trip in April 2011, Dr John Yong, our mangrove guru, shared that the presence of mangroves in Berhala lagoon (outlined in green) probably contributes to the healthy reefs here (outlined in yellow). Thus protecting mangroves also helps protect reefs and visa versa. Thanks Dr Yong! Indeed! We have yet to be able to explore the tantalizing reef outlined in orange as it seems to require a much lower tide. I'm quite certain it is just as, if not more, spectacular than what we have seen so far!
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