This special sliver of shore is all that is left of Singapore's natural western reefs. Kok Sheng shared this photo of what Merawang looked like before the Tuas reclamation, at the map exhibition at the National Library.
|Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng.|
|Singapore's western coast in a 1927 map,|
Image from Jerome Lim's blog.
|From Noel Murphy's blog.|
Haddon's carpet anemones and some small patches of Spoon seagrass.
Onch slugs. They move quite rapidly, leaving trails of poop.
Periwinkle snails and many of the tree trunks were encrusted in barnacles.
Spiral melongena and none of their egg capsules. I did see some Drills, not many kinds and not in large numbers. On the sandy shores, I saw one Olive whelk and some Common whelks. Under the stones, there were some top shell snails.
Estuarine moray eels! In the pools, there were many Shadow gobies.
Lined bead anemones. And lots and lots of porcelain crabs.
Crown sea stars under the rocks throughout the shore. But I didn't manage to find the Cryptic sea stars that we saw on our last trip here in Jun 2015.
Xanthid crabs under the stones, as well as a few small Stone crabs. I also saw some Snapping shrimps. In the mangrove trees, I saw some Purple climber crabs. I saw only one Orange-striped hermit crab.
Haddon's carpet anemones on this stretch of the shore. In one anemone, I saw many Tiny carpet anemone shrimps.
Spearer mantis shrimp scramble out of a pool of water towards the sea where it promptly began burrowing into the sand.
Mud shrimp. It was foraging on the shore, like a little excavator, digging furiously at good spots for food.
Sand bubbler crabs. As well as fiddler crabs.
Tiger moon snails are still commonly seen on this shore. I also saw one sand collar, the egg mass of moon snails.
Spoon seagrass near the mid-water mark.
Spoon seagrasses I saw were mostly the large-leaved kind and were mostly healthy looking without much epiphytes growing on the leaves. The seagrasses and shores at Tuas Merawang Beacon are monitored by TeamSeagrass volunteers from MSD, led by Sheryl.
Jun 2015. But there was still a lot of animals in the murky water!
Ball flowery soft corals, and many small bunches of Spiky flowery soft corals of various colours. And many cerianthids aka 'Peacock anemones. I saw one small clump of Starry leathery soft corals.
Long black sea cucumbers, one Garlic bread sea cucumber and several buried Ball sea cucumbers.
Ulva and Caulerpa verticillata. There were sprinkles of various seaweeds including Neomeris, Halimeda, Caulerpa peltata, Caulerpa serrulata, Caulerpa taxifolia, Avrainvillea erecta. There was also some Padina and Acanthophora.
sponges on the shore. I only saw tiny clumps of a few kinds of sponges.
Cake sand dollar.
Gregarious tube worms and some Solitary tube worms. On the rubble, I saw many Short ribbon worms.
Mar 2015 and Jun 2015, the reclaimed area looks bigger and there appears to be construction going on the reclaimed area.
What's going on?
Here's some graphics of the Forest City reclamation from recent media articles.
|From Straits Times, 19 Mar 15|
|From The Malaysian Insider, on Today Online 19 Mar 15.|