08 June 2023

Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal corals and seagrasses thrive!

Today, a small team returns to survey the amazing coral reef that has settled naturally on the seawalls of Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal. There were lush seagrasses on the shore next to the Ferry terminal. I saw otters, while the rest of the team saw a shark, a large puffer and other large fishes.
Living reefs at Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal, Jun 2023
We restarted surveying this shore in Jun 2022 after a break of nearly ten years. This shore is now strictly off limits without a permit. We surveyed with permission from agencies kindly arranged by NParks and support from the Ferry Terminal.

07 June 2023

Dugong signs at the Lost Coast!

This vast sandy shore is a habitat that is now rare in Singapore (thus 'lost') and home to animals that we seldom see on our other shores. This reclaimed shore in Changi East was in the past, remote and difficult to reach; thus 'lost' in yet another sense. Last year, it was announced that this entire area will be totally reclaimed again; so it will likely be permanently lost forever.
Dugong feeding trails, Jun 2023
Dugong feeding trails at the Northern edge.

Today, we saw lots of dugong feeding trails on both the southern and northern corner of this vast shore. We encountered lots of sand-dwelling animals and at sunrise, the otters visited. This area is strictly off limits without a permit. We surveyed with permission from various agencies kindly arranged by NParks.

06 June 2023

Chek Jawa coral garden still thrives!

We do our annual super low tide check up on the southern area of Chek Jawa with kind permission and support from NParks.
Living shores of Chek Jawa, Jun 2023
The delicate garden here still thrives! With flowery soft corals, sea fans and colourful sponges. I also saw a few signs of dugong feeding trails while the rest of the team have some special finds.

05 June 2023

Changi with signs of dugong

Under a full moon, I return to this shore for the first time in two years. Some of the best seagrass meadows are found all along Changi Beach.
Horse mussel (Modiolus sp.) at Changi Carpark 7, Jun 2023
Alas, Horse mussels continue to dominate part of this shore. But seagrasses are still growing well and we spot dugong feeding trails as well as our favourite marine life.

27 May 2023

18 Jun (Sun): FREE walk at Chek Jawa

Once a year, and only once a year, during Pesta Ubin, volunteers from several groups come together to offer a Chek Jawa Open House. Volunteers will be stationed all over the boardwalk. There will be activities for kids.
Chek Jawa boardwalk tour with the Naked Hermit Crabs
This activity is offered by the Chek Jawa community, led by the Naked Hermit Crabs with friends of Chek Jawa like NParks Chek Jawa volunteers and TeamSeaGrass. (There will be NO activities on the seashores or intertidal areas).

Date: 18 Jun 2023 (Sun)
Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Venue: Chek Jawa Wetlands
No registration required, simply just turn up at Chek Jawa. This activity is free-of-charge.

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23 May 2023

14 dead sharks at Pulau Semakau South

There are living shores next to the Landfill. With corals, seagrasses and mangroves. A small team pushes through the Sumatra storm to arrive just after it passed.
300m fishing net seen on Pulau Semakau (South), 23 May 2023
Unfortunately, we encountered an abandoned net with 14 dead sharks, an expansion of the field of horse mussels, and sightings of bleaching anemones and pale corals.

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