|A rich reef growing naturally at Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal, Jun 2013|
Among the hard corals seen at Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal were large colonies of delicate branching and plate-forming corals. As well as less common species such as Lettuce coral (Pavona sp.), Horn coral (Hydnophora sp.) and even rarer species such as Cabbage coral (Trachyphyllia geoffroyi).
Anchor coral (Family Euphyllidae), Anemone corals (Goniopora sp.) and Galaxy corals (Galaxea sp.).
Cauliflower coral (Pocillopora sp.), Boulder sandpaper coral (Psammocora sp.), Lettuce corals (Pavona sp.), and Carnation corals (Pectinia sp.).
Circular mushroom corals (Fungia sp.) and Brain corals (Family Mussidae).
Disk corals (Turbinaria sp.) of various kinds, many large colonies of Bracket mushroom coral (Podabacia sp.).
a closer look at the coral reefs at Tanah Merah. He surveys it every year to make sure it is well and blogs about his trips: 2011 and 2010 and 2009. He has found yet another stretch of reefy seawall further away from the terminal in 2013.
|Photo by Loh Kok Sheng on his blog.|
Corals have also settled on the artificial pontoons at Marina Keppel Bay! This stunning reefscape is growing on an artificial structure and can be easily seen even from above water!
at the request of Keppel Marina in their effort to document their marvellous marine life. Debby shares more about the approaches taken by the Marina that allow such marine life to settle here. More of my photos of Keppel Marina here. Debby of Hantu Bloggers, Abigayle of the Blue Water Volunteers and other volunteers also contributed photos to this effort which is showcased on the Keppel Marina website. Marine life we have seen here include hard corals, soft corals, anemones, sea fans, and reef fishes of all kinds.
wildsingapore flickr set.
The pontoon at Seringat-Kiat is also alive! We were amazed by it on our trip in July 2011. Rene shared an entire series of photos of the marine life at this pontoon. Marine life also grows on the pontoons at Raffles Marina. I last saw them in 2009.
Hypselodoris kanga nudibranch.
blue feather star was also spotted. Among its arms was the brittle star (Ophiomaza cacaotica) that lives only in feather stars.
Why should we care about corals growing on our seawalls?
Corals and other natural ecosystems such as seagrasses and mangroves can help maintain good water quality. They can be living 'barriers' that may help mitigate impacts of rising seas and climate change: such as flooding, saltwater intrusion into freshwater supplies, and impacts of more severe weather. Natural and wild ecosystems that are self-generating and self-sustaining are relatively inexpensive to maintain and provide a wider spectrum of experiences compared to manicured gardens. They can be beautiful and provide recreational enjoyment. Easy access will allow schools bountiful opportunities for nature-related learning. I am sure there are many more advantages that I have not thought of!
These details are part of City in a Reef: my feedback on the Draft Master Plan 2013.
Surveys to check up on the corals that settled naturally on seawalls at Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal
- Natural reefs on artificial seawalls with OTTERS! Jun 2013
- The most difficult reef to explore in Singapore Jun 2012
- On Lok Kok Sheng's blog: 2011 and 2010 and 2009.