David spotted a pair of Coastal horseshoe crabs, the male hanging onto the female. They are now more commonly seen on our northern shores, although we have seen them at Sentosa behind Underwater World, Labrador and Pulau Hantu.
Diamond tuskfish, which is very much alive although it looks dead. Don't touch it because it can give a nasty nip with its sharp teeth! A gentle nudge with my bootie toes and it's safely in a pool of water without either of us getting hurt.
Boulder pore corals. My last survey here was in Aug 2013 but at a not so low tide. And the trip before that was in May 2011 with Shao Wei when she unfortunately stepped on a stonefish.
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. Let's hope our corals have passed the danger period for the year.
Some of the Boulder pore corals had greyish patches, and one was bleaching.
Crinkled sandpaper coral and while the top part was pale, most of it looked alright.
Cauliflower corals. About half were alright, and one had squid egg capsules laid in them. Another half were either slightly bleaching, fully bleaching or half dead.
Flowery disk corals, most of them with pale or with bleaching portions. There were also several small Thin disk corals, most of them alright.
Branching montipora! Hurray!
Anemone corals, most of them were pale or odd coloured.
Favid corals. Most of them looked alright although some had pale or bleaching portions.
Boulder horn coral and a small patch of Lettuce coral.
Plate montipora corals.
Flowery soft corals.
Leathery soft corals. None of them were bleaching, although some were in very small clumps. We often see Leathery soft corals splitting up into smaller clumps when they are stressed.
Frilly sea anemones near the beacon, and many Giant carpet anemones on the rocky shores behind Underwater World. I didn't check the sandy shore for Haddon's carpet anemones.
Barrel sponges, small clumps of Blue jorunna sponges, clumps of blue Blue spatula sponge, also clusters of Yellow volcano sponge. There were many other sponges too.
Spoon seagrasses and many patches of Tape seagrasses with long leaf blades. We saw one Tape seagrass clump with many male flowers, and another with a female flower developing into a fruit.
Nyireh laut and her daughter. They are both well. The coastal forest nearby is draped with Raffles pitcher plants. We had a look at the Delek air and David tells me there is a Pelir musang here too!
massive reclamation for the new Pasir Panjang Container Terminal? We couldn't find any sand dollars that we used to find here.
floating 'security barrier' installed in 2012. The drums appear to be well anchored and none of the blue drums are broken or leaking. Heng Pei Yan saw broken drums when she last checked in Aug 2013.
|People fishing on Sentosa, Aug 2013.|