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.

22 May 2023

Anemone hunt at Terumbu Pempang Laut

Terumbu Pempang Laut is one of our largest submerged reefs and located near industrial islands such as Jurong Island and Pulau Bukom.
Living shores of Terumbu Pempang Laut, May 2023
Today, a small team surveys with sea anemone experts! Arriving a dawn to enjoy a spectacular sunrise. The seagrasses are doing still doing well, and we find some sea anemones. Marcus saw a Burrowing giant clam!

21 May 2023

Sumatras storm over Pulau Hantu

Regular shore explorers know and respect stormy weather. The pre-dawn Sumatras are the scariest. With towering dark clouds building up high winds and megavolts of lighting - in the face of one, we have long learnt to flee for cover.
Sumatras storm over Pulau Hantu
Although Pulau Hantu lies just across the petrochemical plants on Pulau Bukom, there are living reefs and even mangroves here. Despite being hit by a storm in the middle of our survey, I saw healthy corals, mangroves although the seagrass situation is still sad.


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