|Live dugong at Chek Jawa! Photo by Ian Siah, Oct 2013|
Although the animal itself is seldom seen, fresh signs of dugong presence are often encountered on our seagrass meadows. Dugongs eat only seagrasses and leave a typical feeding trail in the meadows. We have seen fresh trails on and even mainland shores likeChangi. As well as meadows in the south likePulau Semakau and Cyrene Reef and other submerged reefs
|Fresh dugong feeding trails at Changi, Jan 2013.|
|Photo by David Tan|
|Photo by Neo Mei Lin.|
A small team of about 30 volunteers check out about 40 intertidal locations every low spring tide, or about 100 days a year. There are many submerged reefs that we have only visited once. Some of those we visited since 2010 include Terumbu Hantu (Apr 2011) and an unnamed submerged reef next to Terumbu Pempang Kecil (Jun 2013) and Terumbu Selegie (Jun 2011).
4th National Report was submitted. In particular, they would like to know of new species that have been discovered in Singapore since 2010? New records for Singapore? Rediscoveries of species no longer thought to exist here? Species that we have lost, e.g. last known population/individual has died off?
Well, as ordinary people, it's hard to give firm answers to these questions, but certainly one of our exciting finds recently is the cone snail (Conus consors) found by Russel Low at Cyrene Reef on 8 Aug 2013. This is believed to be the first sighting of this snail for a very long time.
,One recent surprise for me was finding patches of what seems to be Hairy spoon seagrass (Halophila decipiens) on the intertidal in the North. This seagrass was first recorded in 2008 diving deeper waters at Pulau Semakau. But this year, I've noticed them at several places since 2010 including Pasir Ris which were fruiting! (Aug 2013), Punggol Jetty (Aug 2013), Changi (Apr 2013), Loyang (Aug 2012).
|Fruits of Hairy spoon seagrass (Halophila decipiens), Pasir Ris Aug 2013|
|Lush seagrass meadows at East Coast Park|
with huge sea stars and rare snails.
|Fisherman laying a very long driftnet in the middle of Chek Jawa lagoon.|
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