Today, Kok Sheng literally did the entire shore. From the bridge to Sentosa, all the way to the beacon at Sentosa Cove! I couldn't keep up, but managed to cover some of the amazing shores found here.
Barrel sponges and also lots of red feather stars today!
Reef octopus! As I put my camera underwater, close to him to take his photo, he wrapped his tentacles around my fingers! We also saw egg capsules of a squid.
Striped eel-tail catfishes.
Magnificent anemones, Frilly sea anemones and the Wiggly reef star anemone. Kok Sheng saw special anemones like the Alicia sea anemone and Fire anemone!
Tuas, with plenty of flowery soft corals, Button zoanthids, sea fans, stinging hydroids and candy hydroids.
Pink puff ball sponge, Blue spatula sponge, Yellow volcano sponge and Lumpy pink sponges.
Black spotted flatworm that is commonly encountered. Kok Sheng also saw a Dawn flatworm.
corallimorphs and zoanthids of all kinds. Josephine found the first nudibranch: Jorunna funebris. We later saw a Phyllidieila nigra.
Cauliflower corals, Branching Montipora corals, Carnation corals, Galaxy corals, Anemone corals and Ridged corals. Also many Disk corals and one Brain coral. Kok Sheng saw lots more corals!
Asparagus flowery soft corals were rather pale.
Diadema sea urchin. Next to it, a Carnation hard coral that looks like it is starting to bleach.
Cauliflower corals and they were all nice and brown, i.e., NOT bleaching.
Montipora corals. This shore reminds me very much of the Sentosa reefs that were reclained for the Resorts World integrated resort. Here's more photos of what was lost to reclamation.
Burrowing giant clam! It was only about 6cm long! We looked but couldn't find any others nearby. This shows that the shore is indeed quite healthy.
leathery soft corals lies at the mouth of a seawater lagoon with Singapore's largest stand of Bakau pasir, a Vulnerable mangrove tree. With the support of Sheila, there are efforts to collect the propagules of these mangroves for replanting elsewhere in Singapore.
trip in April 2011, Dr John Yong, our mangrove guru, shared that the presence of mangroves in Berhala lagoon (outlined in green) probably contributes to the healthy reefs here (outlined in yellow). Thus protecting mangroves also helps protect reefs and visa versa. Thanks Dr Yong! Indeed! We have yet to be able to explore the tantalizing reef outlined in orange as it seems to require a much lower tide. I'm quite certain it is just as, if not more, spectacular than what we have seen so far!
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May 2012. We missed surveying this shore last year, so are glad we managed to do a check up this year. I am sure it will continue to do well under the good care of Sheila and all our friends at Sentosa.
Check out Kok Sheng's awesome blog post with lots of gorgeous photos of all the amazing marine life he saw on his very long march too and fro on this shore.
Photos by others on this trip