We're back on the star-studded shore of Cyrene! While most of the seagrasses at Cyrene seem to be alright, and the Knobbly sea stars are still abundant, we have recently noticed some worrying seagrass trends.
SeagrassWatch, are in town, we took this opportunity to show them what is happening at Cyrene.
Something has been happening to the Tape seagrass (Enhalus acoroides) on Cyrene and elsewhere in the Southern shores. Tape seagrasses are usually 50-70cm long, sometimes even longer. But over the last year or so, from TeamSeagrass monitoring and our other trips, we noticed that the seagrasses in the South look 'chomped', with many blades chopped clean at the same height of 4-10cm. Almost as if they had been mown.
a survey of the abundant variety of fishes found in the pool.
at Cyrene as well as at Terumbu Pempang Tengah.
Knobbly sea star (Protoreaster nodosus)! All these birds are reminding me that I'm missing World Migratory Bird Day events at Sungei Buloh!
Common sea stars (Archaster typicus) everywhere, many in 'mating' position. Also abundant were Cake sand dollars (Arachnoides placenta). I saw some White sea urchins (Salmacis sp.) but not in such large numbers as on previous trips.
international recognition for their marine conservation efforts.
in the middle of the industrial triangle! I'm glad Len and Rudi made the time to have a look at the seagrass situation there.
Tomorrow, they are kindly joining us again, this time with TeamSeagrass to Chek Jawa!