There are some large patches of seagrasses on this artificial shore.
Spoon seagrasses are very healthy and lush, so thick that they 'stand up' even when out of water. I did not come across any that were bleaching. In Mar 2015, I had noticed seagrass bleaching before the mass fish deaths happened.
Spoon seagrass is more common and its leaves are oval in shape. While Hairy Spoon seagrass (right) is less commonly seen and its leaves are longer than wider.
Hairy sea hare. This animal produces a purple ink when it is disturbed. The rest of the team also saw a Slender seagrass octopus. They also spotted living juveniles of fishes such as filefish, butterfulfish and tripod fish.
Orange fiddler crab on the high shore. Perhaps it got lost. There were also many Stone crabs and the rest of the team saw small Swimming crabs of various kinds.
Zebra coral. But I didn't come across any sponges. All this year, during our surveys of the Northern shores, we have noticed a lack of or decline in number and variety of sponges.
Swimming anemones of various sizes among the seagrasses. And I saw Banded bead anemones on the rocks.
Haddon's carpet anemones. Although none of them were bleaching, I also didn't see any shrimps in them.
See-through sea cucumber. I haven't seen one for a while. Buried in the sand, I saw many Ball sea cucumbers. The rest of the team found other sea cucumbers such as the Garlic bread sea cucumber. As well as a Rock star and Plain sand stars.
Gracilaria and Ulva.
More about palm oil waste. But surprisingly, the entire shoreline here was almost completely clear of trash. This shore is not cleaned because it is outside the Park, and it is usually very heavily trashed. What is happening?
Apr 2015 result in 'new sand' on the shore?
|An excavator on the shore seen in Apr 2015.|
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