Arriving at first light in a drizzle after a stormy morning, we found this reefy part of Pulau Semakau to be very much alive.
Acropora and Montipora and Cauliflower corals. Most seem alright, I'm not sure if pink is a healthy colour.
Carnation corals, Disk corals and other plate-like and flower-like corals.
Anchor corals, Pebble corals and many large Boulder pore corals.
Anemone coral, and some mushroom corals of various kinds.
Brain corals. Most seemed alright.
leathery soft corals, some large colonies. All seemed alright. I saw some Feathery soft corals but no Flowery soft corals.
Giant carpet anemones, one with a clown anemonefish. I saw one Magnificent anemone, one Frilly anemone. The large Bubble tip anemone near the departure point is gone. But Liz found the Leathery sea anemone.
Barrel sponges and other kinds of sponges too.
Sponge green seaweed.
Spoon seagrass and Needle seagrass both with tiny leaf blades.
Sickle seagrass. They looked fresh and green with little epiphytes.
Tape seagrass here, but mostly still cropped short.
Just as Changi Airport and Changi Prison are not the same even though they are near one another and share a name, 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. The northern shore of Pulau Semakau is near the petrochemical plants on Pulau Bukom.
It is NOT true that the construction of the Landfill created the marine life found on Pulau Semakau. The marine life was there long before the Landfill was built.
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 shoresduring the construction work for this expansion of the landfill.
Thanks to Liz Lim for sharing these photos of the survey.
Others on this survey: Clara Lim, Sirius Ng, Ben and his student Nicole.
Meanwhile, Richard Kuah surveyed Punggol shore to Coney Island.