Dog-faced water snakes that were out and about in the overcast gloomy afternoon. These snakes are usually only more active at night.
Here's a video clip showing why its good to have protruding eyes if you are a water snake.
Orange sand star. It has a bright orange underside. There were also many Common sea stars. Kok Sheng also found all kinds of other beautiful and interesting sea stars.
Garlic bread sea cucumbers, most of them small, very few medium sized. I saw one Durian sea cucumber and one Long black sea cucumber. Nick found the special Brown sea cucumber.
Big synaptid sea cucumbers.
Hairy crab was clutching a clam and scuttled into a hole with it.
Giant carpet anemones were OK. I didn't come across any anemonefishes, although some of them had anemone shrimps. Most of the Frilly sea anemones were OK too.
Tape seagrass. Most of them were still cropped short, not much different from our last trip here in July 2015.
Spoon seagrasses with small leaf blades covered much of the area, with patches of other seagrasses like Noodle seagrass and others with ribbon like leaf blades.
Fuzzy green seaweed.
Black-tailed sea hare with has a black tip on its foot and has many eye-shaped spots on its body. The inside of its flappy 'wings' are dark with large white spots.
Extraordinary sea hare which has small spots all over its body. The inside of its flappy 'wings' are dark with white blotchy bars.
Very close to this shore is Singapore's only southern fish farm which is said to be the largest fish farm in Singapore.
Aug 2014. Yesterday, we saw some signs of impact. I'll share the details in a separate blog post.
Pulau Semakau is NOT the same as the Semakau Landfill. The Landfill was created by destroying all of Pulau Saking, and about half of the original Pulau Semakau by building a very long seawall. Fortunately, the landfill was constructed and is managed in such a way that the original mangroves, seagrass meadows and reefs on Pulau Semakau were allowed to remain. The eastern shore of Pulau Semakau is right next to the seawall of the Semakau Landfill, opposite the petrochemical plants on Pulau Bukom.
Phase 2 of the Landfill was just recently launched. This involved closing the gap of the seawall on the Semakau Landfill, forming one big pool where incinerated ash will be dumped. NEA worked to limit the damage to natural shores during the construction work for this expansion of the landfill.
Photos by others on this trip