25 May 2024

Sentosa Tg. Rimau is still alive!

A small team checked up on Sentosa Tg Rimau with kind permission from Sentosa Development Corporation.
Sickle seagrass (Thalassia hemprichii)
Although it lies just opposite the Pasir Panjang Container Terminals, there are lush seagrasses here. I checked for mass coral bleaching. I estimate only about 2% of corals hard and soft were outright bleaching.

20 May 2024

Shell sells Pulau Bukom petrochemical plants

It was reported that Shell is selling its petrochemical plants on Pulau Bukom which lies just across from the living reefs on Pulau Hantu.

Living shores of Pulau Hantu, May 2023

Shell has agreed to sell its energy and chemicals park on Singapore’s Pulau Bukom and Jurong Island to CAPGC, a joint venture comprising Indonesia’s Chandra Asri Capital and global commodities trader Glencore. The transaction, subject to regulatory approval, is expected to be completed by the end of 2024.

18 May 2024

Singapore's second marine park: past, present and future

Plans for Singapore's second national Marine Park at Lazarus South-Kusu Reef were announced on 9 May 2024.
Overlooking the Central Business District,
the rich reef edge of Kusu Island can be seen at the lowest tides.
Kusu Island indeed has some of the best reefs that the public can visit. While Lazarus Island has one of our largest coastal forests on natural cliffs and rocky shores. Here's a look at the islands' past, present and future.

14 May 2024

Mass coral spawning 2024

Singapore's corals are alive and very sexy too. Their annual orgy of explosive sex just happened! Thanks to the dedicated team who have been keeping an eye on this event every year, and Vincent Choo and Chay Hoon, we get a glimpse of what happened. Chay Hoon reported coming across 8 spawning colonies from 4 genera.
Photo by Chay Hoon.
Once a year, on the fourth month, around four days after the fourth full moon of the year, our corals seed the seas with new life! Called Mass Coral Spawning, what is it and why is it a big deal? More below!

12 May 2024

Pulau Jong still alive!

We survey this untouched island just half an hour away from the city. Although it lies near petrochemical plants on Pulau Bukom, the Landfill and major shipping lanes, Pulau Jong is still very much alive.
Living shores of Pulau Jong, May 2024
We find Giant clams and other colourful reef life. I checked for mass coral bleaching. Although I saw signs of stress, I estimate only about 2% of corals hard and soft were outright bleaching.

11 May 2024

Terumbu Raya still alive!

We land at first light on this submerged reef that lies near petrochemical plants on Pulau Bukom. Despite this, it is still very much alive! We survey the shore facing Pulau Sudong where reclamation is scheduled for the end of this year.
Terumbu Raya, May 2024
We encounter Giant clams, special anemones and other colourful reef life. I checked for mass coral bleaching. Although I saw widespread signs of stress, I estimate only about 2-5% of corals hard and soft were outright bleaching.

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