06 May 2021

Other low tide surveys (Apr-Mar 2021)

During this low tide cycle, volunteers monitored coral spawning at Raffles Lighthouse, checked out a 2.5km long seawall covered with corals at East Coast Park, and also the amazing shores at Changi.
Montage of photos by Nathaniel Soon, Chay Hoon, 
Loh Kok Sheng, Jianlin Liu and Marcus Ng
Links to albums of photos by these volunteers below.


04 May 2021

Pulau Salu with NParks

Pulau Salu was surveyed on 28 Apr 2021, as part of NPark's Southern Island Biodiversity Survey. Pulau Salu requires special permission to visit as it lies near the Live Firing Islands. So it is not part of my regular surveys. 
Photos by Loh Kok Sheng
Volunteers shared photos of what they saw. It was good to see that the rocky island is very much alive. With lots of sharks! As well as the usual other marine life seen on similar shores.

02 May 2021

Land of Leatheries: Terumbu Pempang Tengah

Huge leathery soft corals colonies of various shapes and colours crowd the southern part of Terumbu Pempang Tengah! Even though this submerged reef lies near Jurong Island and major shipping lanes.
Leathery soft corals (Family Alcyoniidae)
Today, I also came across two Fluted giant clams, and I didn't see any mass coral bleaching.

01 May 2021

Terumbu Bemban still reefy

A glorious sunrise as we head out to Terumbu Bemban, a submerged reef off Pulau Semakau. The last time we were here in  Jun 2020 it was to check for mass coral bleaching. 
Sunrise
We didn't see much bleaching last  year, and today, I saw mostly healthy corals. The team also found a large Fluted giant clam, lots of 'Nemos', a seahorse and other interesting marine life.

30 April 2021

St. John's Island is alive!

A short boat ride from the Central Business District on the main island of Singapore, are the amazing living shores of St John's Island!
Living shores of St John's Island, Apr 2021
Here, there are living rocky shores, reefs, seagrass meadows. As well as rare mangrove trees on the untouched western shore, which is part of the Sisters Islands Marine Park. Things were pretty much similar to our last survey here in Oct 2020.

29 April 2021

Coral overload at Pulau Hantu

Although it lies just across the petrochemical plants on Pulau Bukom, there are living reefs, seagrasses and even mangroves on Pulau Hantu. 
Living reef of Pulau Hantu Apr 2021
On our last survey in Jul 2020, mass coral bleaching was seen here as well as many other shores. It was thus a relief today, to see no signs of mass bleaching in the hard corals and leathery soft corals. The rest of the team saw a Burrowing giant clam.

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