It was a relief to see a variety of sponges here after we noticed a severe lack of sponges at Chek Jawa and Pulau Sekudu recently.
Ball flowery soft corals, most of the colonies were small. I only saw a few small Pink flowery soft corals and didn't see other kinds of flowery soft corals.
white snapping shrimps in the Ball flowery soft coral. Here's one hanging out as the coral was exposed at low tide.
Neat hexa coral and Zebra corals. As well as small colonies of Pore corals.
Swimming anemones today. I saw one Frilly anemone, several Glass anemones, and one Snaky anemone that seemed to be rather pale. There were also many Haddon's carpet anemones and I didn't see any that were bleaching. The rest of the team saw many Haekel's anemones. I only saw one Common cerianthid.
Candelabra sea fans, two small Gnarled sea fan and one small Skinny sea fan.
orange fern-like hydroids but I couldn't find any nudibranchs in them. Also many Candy hydroids although most of them were heavily covered in epiphytes. Lots of large 'bushes' of stinging hydroids. Sheltering among their deadly fronds were transparent shrimps which I can only find when I look at my photos at home! Chay Hoon looked and looked and couldn't find the nudibranchs that are usually found there.
Slender sea pen. There were also some Spiky sea pen, and a few flowery sea pens.
Bornella. I also saw one Hairy sea hare. But the rest of the team found many other kinds, the nudis only appearing just as we were getting ready to leave!
Bartail flathead, many filefishes (Family . There were also many small gobies.
seahorse that we found sheltering in a small pool.
Onyx cowries everywhere. And a few small Noble volutes.
Baler snail which had in its clutches, a Noble volute. The Bailer snail is only regularly encountered on Beting Bronok and it is a ferocious predator.
Biscuit sea stars, some were very large. I also saw a few Painted sand stars. The rest of the team saw a Spiny sea star, many Red scaly sea stars, but only one Knobbly sea star was seen. We also only saw one Knobbly sea star last year.
Blue feather star.
Thorny sea urchins, although they were very well camouflaged with encrustrations on their spines. I only saw one White sea urchin. I also a few Orange sea cucumbers, two Thorny sea cucumbers, a few Purple sea cucumbers and some Ball sea cucumbers.
Spotted black flatworms. There were some Swimming crabs. Juria and Marcus found a Mud shrimp.
Fan shell clams are also an important anchoring point. As this dead uprooted clam shows. There were many living Fan shell clams stuck in the ground.
Spoon seagrasses. But the rest of team saw more patches, some of them quite lush. Is the Beting changing from a rubbly shore to perhaps a more silty seagrassy one?
Button zoanthids that were previously more confined to the middle of the Beting have spread significantly forming a thick carpet all over.
|Colourful marine life at Beting Bronok in 2012.|
|Beting Bronok in 2012.|
|Beting Bronok in 2003.|
|Beting Bronok in 2003.|
|Sea fans on Beting Bronok in 2004.|
Where is Beting Bronok? What is it's status and future?
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It was good to see that Beting Bronok remains alive and full of fascinating creatures. But to me, it seems to be in steady decline since the reclamation started at nearby Pulau Tekong . It has since also been affected by the flooding that led to mass deaths at Chek Jawa in 2007, and the coral bleaching in 2010 and a ferry ran aground on Beting Bronok in Jul 2011. Here's some old photos of marine life at Beting Bronok. We can only hope for the best for this wonderful reef on our Northern shore.
There are plans that may affect Beting Bronok a in the not too distant future. These include plans to locate at Pengerang Johor, a petrochemical complex that was rejected in Taiwan for environmental and health reasons.
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