Jun 2016 at the height of mass coral bleaching. It was relief today, to see no mass bleaching. Although there appears to be fewer hard corals on the intertidal now.
Our last survey was in Jun 2016 when about 30-40% of the hard corals and soft corals that I saw were bleaching. As we were arriving I saw many corals in deeper waters bleaching. I also sense that there are much fewer leathery soft corals on the shore than before.
|Mass coral bleaching at Pulau Jong in Jun 2016.|
Acropora coral, one Branching montipora coral that were alright. Also one Pebble coral (it was pale and oddly coloured). I saw several Cauliflower corals that were alright. I did not see any Sandpaper coral.
Merulinid corals, most seemed alright but some had pale patches or dead portions.
Boulder pore corals, they were not bleaching, although some were pale on top or had dead portions. I'm not sure if green is a normal colour for this coral.
Frilly anemones, they were not bleaching. I saw one Smooth frilly sea anemone and one Magnificent anemone. Richard found the Merten's carpet anemone.
Sickle seagrass, with fresh green leaf blades, not burnt or covered in epiphytes.
Delek Air and Sea teak.
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". The other shores impacted by this plan include Pulau Hantu, Terumbu Pempang Darat, Terumbu Pempang Tengah and Terumbu Semakau.
Posts by others on this trip
- Lim Yaohui on facebook.
- Abel Yeo on facebook.
- Liz Lim on facebook.
- Richard Kuah on facebook and his blog.
- Marcus Ng on facebook.
- Lisa Lim on facebook.
Others on this trip: Mr Kuet, Joelle Lai