My second surprise of the day were lots of dugong feeding trails on Terumbu Pempang Laut!
She didn't tell me that Len and Rudi of international SeagrassWatch were in town and joining us for the trip! I was delighted to see them at the marina! In fact, they were the ones who spotted the feeding trails almost as soon as we landed on the reef!
Cyrene Reef last month, and Kok Sheng saw them too at Pulau Semakau in May 2011. All these signs suggest there might be dugongs in our Southern Islands!
Terumbu Pempang Laut is rather rocky. The area that we first started exploring had few hard corals. It was only towards the end of the trip that we hit a more reefy part.
Acropora coral (Acropora sp.). Most had new growths next to dead portions.
Favid corals (Family Favidae) as well as some other commonly seen hard corals.
Cauliflower corals (Pocillopora sp.), which tend to bleach first, that seemed healthy.
leathery soft corals (Family Alcyoniidae) here of all kinds, as well as other commonly seen soft corals.
Leathery sea fan. These are not abundant but seem to be regularly found on all our southern submerged reefs.
Giant carpet anemone (Stichodactyla gigantea), but no 'Nemo's.
octopus! Quite surprising to see this large one out and about in broad daylight. And it turned out to be a hot scorching day!
Fluted giant clam (Tridacna squamosa) is rather small though, so we leave it behind on the reef to grow up further. Hope it will stay safe!
Apr 2011, I saw lots of corals there.
There are also some feeding trails in the seagrasses growing in the middle of the reef. The white puffs in the sky are not clouds but emissions from nearby Jurong Island.
Common sea stars (Archaster typicus) in this lagoon.
Noodle seagrass (Syringodium isoetifolium)! But some patches of seagrasses were burnt, and some were covered in scummy growths.
Hantu Blog conduct monthly dives here to showcase the amazing marine life that can still be found on Pulau Hantu. Check out their gallery of awesome photos!
Tomorrow, we are making an impromptu trip to Cyrene Reef to show Len and Rudi the seagrasses there. I feel bad having to miss guiding at the Naked Hermit Crab walk at Chek Jawa. I'll also be missing the World Migratory Bird Day events at Sungei Buloh, and Dan Friess' talk. So much going on for our shores, not enough time and tide to do everything!
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