Indo-pacific hump-backed dolphin, possibly a juvenile. No photos, but what a great encounter! Unfortunately, I also came across a large abandoned net.
Pulau Semakau is NOT the same as the Semakau Landfill. The Landfill was created by destroying all of Pulau Saking, and about half of the original Pulau Semakau by building a very long seawall. Fortunately, the landfill was constructed and is managed in such a way that the original mangroves, seagrass meadows and reefs on Pulau Semakau were allowed to remain.
|Original mangrove trees with Landfill seawall on horizon.|
Phase 2 of the Landfill was launched. This involved closing the gap of the seawall on the Semakau Landfill, forming one big pool where incinerated ash will be dumped. NEA worked to limit the damage to natural shores during the construction work for this expansion of the landfill.
The reefs here are not as rich as on other parts of Pulau Semakau. But there were still some hard corals.
Acropora corals and branching Montipora corals, most seemed alright although one was rather pink. There were also many Cauliflower corals and Sandpaper corals that were healthy. These two kinds of corals were usually the first to bleach.
Pore boulder corals, some were pale. Small Merulinid corals were also common. And I saw one small Moon coral.
Disk corals of various kinds. Most seemed alright. There were also many Anemone corals and Small goniopora corals.
Noble volute. The rest of the team also spotted a Fluted giant clam! It might be the same one we last saw in Jul 2015.
sand collar that appears to have just been laid.
Weasel olive snails.
Giant carpet anemones, although none of them had clownfishes or anemone shrimps in them. As well as many small Haddon's carpet anemones, also lacking anemone shrimps. I saw one Very long sea anemone, several Frilly sea anemones and one Swimming anemone. The rest of the team saw a few Fire anemones.
Garlic bread sea cucumbers. As well as small Common sea stars. There were big sea stars too, many in 'mating' position. I saw one Durian sea cucumber and a few small sand dollars. It seems the shore is a little livelier than during our last survey in Jan 2017.
Tape seagrasses were still cropped short. There were some long Tape seagrass but the leaf blades were tightly coiled. Similar to what I saw on our survey in Jan 2017.
MORE photos from those who joined our trip:
Loh Kok Sheng
Meanwhile, Abel Yeo surveyed Sentosa on the same day