How are the seagrass meadows at Sentosa doing? I thought I should go and find out today.
Tape seagrasses (Enhalus acoroides) all over the reef flats, and some stretches of Spoon seagrasses (Halophila ovalis) on the mid-shore.
I decided to use the TeamSeagrass methods to cover as much of the shore as I could. I managed random sampling on four segments of the shore, two near the northern end, another in the middle and the last one near the seawall off Rasa Sentosa.
Favid corals (Family Faviidae) of various kinds, many small to large boulder shaped Pore hard corals (Porites sp.) and many Small goniopora corals (Goniopora sp.). I didn't come across any bleaching corals today. Mass coral bleaching that hit all our shores last year seemed to have affected Sentosa corals badly. Hopefully, the corals here can recover soon!
leathery soft corals (Family Alcyoniidae) of various kinds that looked normal.
Red egg crab (Atergatis integerrimus) and a few Frilly anemones (Phymanthus sp.). I also saw on small Carpet eel-blenny (Congrogadus subducens) as well as many small, fast moving fishes.
Nyireh (Xylocarpus rumphii) that are growing on the high shore. As far as I know, besides these two trees, the only other trees are 3-4 at St. John's Island.
Hairy green seaweed (Bryopsis sp.). Just before I left, a last look at the massive reclamation project for the new Pasir Panjang container terminal takes up a large portion of the horizon facing this Sentosa shore.