We dodged the rain bullet as the lightning-filled clouds headed away from us towards the mainland. Hurray! This submerged reef makes for an easy landing because it has a sand bar.
Favid corals were bleaching. Most of them were small colonies found on the higher shores.
Flowery disk coral that was normal, and another that was bleaching.
Cauliflower corals I saw were pale or starting to bleach. This kind of coral was the first to bleach during the 2010 mass coral bleaching event.
Acropora coral that was ok, and one small one that seemed to be about to bleach.
Crinkled sandpaper coral colony that was not bleaching, an Anemone coral colony that seemed a bit pale and a Brain coral that was quite pale.
Montipora coral is still there. I first saw it in Apr 2011. It seemed to have grown bigger! It was about 10m x 10m.
leathery soft corals.
Asparagus flowery soft corals that were a healthy purple, and one colony of rather pale flowery soft coral but that might be its natural healthy state.
Sea mat zoanthids I saw were ok, others were very pale. I also saw small patches of bleaching Button zoanthids.
Spoon seagrass on the Southern edge of the reef. Alas, no dugong feeding trails today. Unlike our trip on May 2012.
Drone's own facebook page for the latest updates!
Sickle seagrass sprinkled on the reef. Most of them were ok, although heavily covered in epiphytes and there were some that were bleaching. I saw some Tape seagrass that were cropped and others that were quite long.
Haddon's carpet anemones in this seagrass meadows. Some of them were also producing slime. But none of them were bleaching. I didn't see anemone shrimps in any of the anemones.
Frilly sea anemones, Wiggly reef star anemones and a Fire anemone.
Common sea stars today than on my previous trips here.
every day 'haze' of pollution from Jurong Island becomes more obvious.
the existing natural shores that may be impacted by the landuse plan by the Ministry of National Development released in Jan 2013 in response to the Populations White Paper with a 6.9 million population target. The dotted margined blue areas are "Possible Future Reclamation".
Today, Chay Hoon found a dead cone snail shell. Here, Russel demonstrates how NOT to hold a cone snail.
did not heed this advice. Giving me a heart attack. Sigh.
I broke my foot about 8 months ago. It's still a struggle to do the field trips and I can't do as much as I used to. But it's good to know I can actually make a landing! One step at a time!
|Thanks to Russel Low for the photo.|
Photos and posts by others on this trip