The abandoned net stretched quite a long way, probably about 40-50m.
Spoon-tipped crabs (Leptodius sp.) in the net. Each was about 7cm in body width.
Noble volute (Cymbiola nobilis) entangled in the net. Perhaps it caught the net as it retracted, or was it eating something that got caught in the net? This large beautiful snail is listed as Vulnerable in Singapore.
Other parts of the net is well overgrown with seaweeds and other encrusting organisms.
we saw many different kinds of hard corals and even a seahorse!
As we looked at the net, next to the Semakau reef, there was a boatload of fishermen. Kok Sheng also spoke to a group of three men who were foraging on the shore. He found out that they used to stay on Semakau.
Api-api jambu trees (Avicennia marina) in the cells are no more. Here's my last look at the trees in April 09. But the two smaller trees on the Semakau shore are still there. These trees are Critically Endangered and it's very sad to learn that we have lost the lovely trees in the cells.
|The little Api-api jambu on the shore was blooming and fruiting.|
Pink-eyed pong pong tree (Cerbera manghas). Some of these large old trees were affected by the recent stormy weather and were leaning very precariously and flowering profusely. A sign that they are stressed. Oh dear. We really shouldn't take our mangrove trees for granted. Sigh.
I had a quick look, and didn't see any bleaching hard corals.
|Some special corals seen included: Lettuce coral (Pavona sp.), |
Anemone coral (Goniopora sp.), Carnation coral (Pectinia sp.)
and Brain coral (Family Mussidae).
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