Kok Sheng and Pei Yan did the reef edge and found all kinds of marvelous marine life such as large Fluted giant clams, large Burrowing giant clam and special sea anemones. This shore lies just opposite the petrochemical plants on Pulau Bukom (on the horizon).
Feathery soft corals and Zoanthids. I was surprised that there wasn't a massive bloom of Sargassum seaweed in the area that I surveyed.
Branching montipora coral.
the oil spill earlier in the year? Pei Yan's blog post outlines the areas covered. Oil had washed up on Eastern Semakau and the impact was assessed to be worst on the mangroves lining the shore (red line).
Bakau pasir mangroves. I didn't get a chance to take a closer look because of the change in weather.
leathery soft corals and I didn't see any that were bleaching.
Asparagus soft corals were not bleaching and were nice and puple when their polyps are retracted, and brown when their polyps are expanded.
OAA Bleaching Alert Areas, it appears that our region is still under Bleaching Alert (green). Hopefully, the threat of bleaching is diminishing.
Giant carpet anemone, one Haddon's carpet anemones, one Wiggly reef star anemone and in the distance, I could see the patches of purple Magnificent anemones.
Common sea stars, many in 'mating' position with the usually smaller male on top. There were also many moon snails. And I saw one Mangrove horseshoe crab with a smooth tail, and one Garlic bread sea cucumber.
Tape seagrasses. There were also some patches of small Spoon seagrasses heavily covered in growths. Fortunately, none of us came across any driftnets.
Cyrene Reef, where TeamSeagrass is monitoring with Alex! Oh dear. We saw a post by the team of really heavy rain on them.
Chek Jawa were rained out. It's great to know that there are so many people now exploring and working on our shores during low spring tide. I hope everyone is safe!
GARS (Gamefish And Aquatic Rehabiliation Society). This Society of recreational fishermen are involved in habitat restoration and practice catch and release. They don't use live bait and instead have a fascinating variety of artificial lures to mimic the fish's favourite prey. Today, they had encounters with a Queenfish and a shark and also spotted a Hawksbill sea turtle. It's great to have this team looking at the open waters which we usually don't really look at. In this way, our surveys are more complete!
We don't visit this shore as often as we should. I last visited this shore in Oct 2011.
Posts by others on this trip
- Kok Sheng on facebook.