26 November 2022

Dragon explosion at Seringat-Kias seagrass meadows

Evening tides resume! We survey Lazarus Island and the artificial Seringat-Kias lagoon (also called Eagle Bay by boaters). This Saturday evening, the Bay was packed with boats!
Seagrasses at Seringat-Kias lagoon
The seagrasses still grow lush here, and today, they were teaming with Blue dragon nudibranchs. We also saw special sea stars, sea anemones and other marvelous marine life. 

11 September 2022

Four-clam day at Cyrene with signs of dugong

On the last morning super low tide of the year, we return to our favourite shore!
Knobbly sea star (Protoreaster nodosus)
We survey the eastern shore of this huge submerged reef flat and saw dugong feeding trails, many large Knobbly sea stars, four Giant clam. Also cushion stars, cone snail and blue bioluminescence! The corals seem to be doing well, although the seagrass situation has not recovered.

15 August 2022

Berlayar Creek a little quiet

With kind permission and company of NParks friends, we surveyed this interesting shore next to Labrador MRT station with mangroves, rocky shore, seagrass meadows and sandy shores!
Berlayar Creek, Aug 2022
Today, a small team checked it out. The seagrasses are doing well, but it seems a little quiet with fewer animals seen compared to our surveys in Oct 2021 and Nov 2020.

Labrador still doing well

Labrador is our last natural mainland reef, located next to the massive Pasir Panjang container terminal and near petrochemical plants on Pulau Bukom. 
Collage of photos taken by team members
With permission from NParks, a small team checked it out this morning. Nice to know that there seems to be some healthy looking leathery soft corals, some small hard corals. Also great to see the common sea anemones are still there. There were also special finds like horseshoe crabs, a rare chiton and a Nat Geo moment with a flatworm.

Kelvin captured a flatworm chasing and eating a bristleworm! A truly Nat Geo moment.

The seagrass situation seems good. Labrador has been the stronghold for long Tape seagrasses. Elsewhere on our shores, since the early 2010s, they are cropped short and in some places, disappeared. It seems the Tape seagrasses still have long leaves today. Sickle seagrass seem to still grow thickly at the entrance to the shore, between the seawall and the jetty. Lush patches of Spoon seagrass (with small leaves) seem to still be growing on the mid-water mark all along the shore. There was, however, a thick bloom of Hairy green seaweed.
Collage of photos taken by team members
Thanks to the team for checking up on the shore and for their fabulous finds and photos!

Photo albums of the team who surveyed Labrador

Che Cheng Neo

James Koh

Kelvin Yong

Tammy Lim

14 August 2022

Terumbu Hantu still lovely

On one of the last morning low spring tides of the year, we land at first light on a tiny submerged reef next to Pulau Hantu.
Landing at first light on Terumbu Hantu, Aug 2022
This little gem is one of our favourite sites, with lots of corals and other amazing marine life. Kelvin flew the drone and saw sea turtle, large fishes and more.

13 August 2022

Lush seagrasses and coral garden at East Coast Park

A reef has settled at a seawall on the other side of Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal next to the East Coast PCN. While one of our nicest seagrass patches is growing at the mouth of a canal here.
Living reefs at East Coast Park (PCN), Aug 2022
We surveyed this shore as well as the nearby shore opposite East Coast NSRCC.


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