|Pulau Jong: a 'char siew pau' island surrounded by a huge reef flat.|
We arrived at dawn in a drizzle. Thanks to Alex and Jumari, we made safe landing on this submerged reef that is surrounded by strong currents.
Pore corals (Porites sp.). Most of them including the large one were the normal brown colour. Some were purplish-pinkish, and many small ones had bite marks of fishes on them.
Pebble coral (Astreopora sp.), most of which looked alright although some had discoloured portions. I also saw one plate Montipora coral (Montipora sp.). I saw one Tongue mushroom corals (Herpolitha sp.).
Favid corals (Family Faviidae), but those I saw seemed alright.
Anemone coral (Goniopora sp.), and several of the smaller Goniopora coral (Goniopora sp.).
Cauliflower coral (Pocillopora sp.) and one large Sandpaper coral (Psammocora sp.) colony that seemed alright. These two kinds of corals were badly affected during the bleaching event.
Flowery disk corals (Turbinaria sp.). Most were alright, although some had scummy growths on the top part of the colony.
|Left with scummy growth, right normal.|
Cave corals (Tubastrea sp.) hidden under the very large boulders on the shore.
leathery soft corals (Family Alcyoniidae) of all kinds. Today, I saw some individuals of most of the common kinds, but there were fewer of them and they were smaller. Most were not bleaching. I didn't see many individuals of Flowery soft corals (Family Nephtheidae)
Bleach Watch Singapore blog.
I saw a few large clusters of Sea mat zoanthids (Palythoa tuberculosa) and only one clump of Broad zoanthids (Palythoa mutuki).
May 2010. At that time, it seemed to be bleaching. It's good to see that it is still here and is no longer bleaching. We are wondering if this is Merten's anemone (Stichodactyla mertensii).
Giant carpet anemone (Stichodactyla gigantea) and has brightly coloured bumps (verrucae) on a pale body column. Hmm...
False clown anemonefishes (Amphiprion ocellaris). But they were very shy and remained well hidden in their anemone home. I only managed this shot of a glimpse of one of them.
Frilly sea anemones (Phymanthus sp.) of various kinds. None of those I saw were bleaching.
Blue-spotted fantail rays (Taeniura lymma)!
Long black sea cucumbers (Holothuria leucospilota) today. But Chay Hoon found lots of the tiny seven-armed sea stars which we have yet to identify.
filefishes (Family Monacanthidae).
Jorunna funebris and Phyllidiella nigra. Chay Hoon found some really tiny nudibranchs!
Giant top shell snails (Trochus niloticus).
Sickle seagrass (Thalassia hemprichii) and Spoon seagrass (Halophila ovalis) on Pulau Jong.
Hairy green seaweed (Bryopsis sp.). Also abundant were Veined brown seaweeds (Dictyopteris sp.). There were also some red seaweeds of various kinds. I only saw lots of Sargassum seaweeds (Sargassum sp.) on the shore facing Pulau Bukom.
Delek air (Memecylon edule) trees of in the forest. They were all fruiting massively. I imagine it must be gorgeous when they were in bloom!
a list of plants found on Pulau Jong.
|Mystery plant no. 1|
|Mystery plant no. 2|
plans to locate massive floating oil storage tanks here. These tanks will be the size of VLCCs (Very Large Crude Carriers).
More photos of marine life on Pulau Jong on wildsingapore flickr.
Fortunately, the weather improved during our trip. It was a lovely blue-sky day as we left with the incoming tide. Marcus spots a bird flying into the coastal forest.
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