I'm so impressed that ten Ubin NParks volunteers have made it to our ungodly early morning trip to Chek Jawa. Thanks to Alan Tan for arranging for them to come along.
Haddon's carpet anemones are still abundant on the shore. I only saw one that was bleached, it was near the boardwalk.
Tiny carpet anemone shrimps. This one is a mama shrimp carrying eggs!
Snaky sea anemone! These used to be more common on Chek Jawa before the mass deaths in 2007.
seapens of various kinds. These burrowing colonial animals love the silty soft shore. Little porcelain crabs were living in some of them.
Knobbly sea star. While the rest of the team found several adults.
Cake sea stars, many tiny to medium-sized Biscuit sea stars and a few White sea urchins.
Garlic bread sea cucumbers, a few Thorny sea cucumbers and some buried Ball sea cucumbers. I saw one Beige sea cucumber and a few Sponge synaptid sea cucumbers.
Blue-lined britterstar was well outside its burrow and upside down. Getting ready to release eggs or sperm?
Noble volutes laying egg capsules!
Spotted foot nudibranch. I also came across an Ornate leaf slug. While the rest found sea hares and other slugs.
Estuarine seahorse. Also some Pink-eared Emperors, and a large Black eel-tail catfish.
Blue spotted fantail ray.
Penaeid prawns in the seagrass meadows. Among the interesting crabs we saw was a Velcro crab.
ascidians. These are eaten by flatworms: Blue-lined and Blue spotted. We also spot cowries here.
Boulder pore corals. They looked alright, they were not bleaching. I did not see much soft corals and sea fans that I saw on our last survey here in Jul 2014. Perhaps it was also because the tide was not as low as we expected it to be.
July 2015 which was already worse than what we saw in Jun 2014 and Aug 2013.
Branching purple sponges, and some Spiky ball sponges.
Spoon seagrass (big and small leaf blade) and Needle seagrass (skinny leaf blades). Yi Feng spotted a clump of Tape seagrass which was a bit cropped (similar to what we saw in Jul 2015). I saw a few patches of Fern seagrass.
dugong feeding trails!
Project Driftnet blog.
Chek Jawa and Pulau Sekudu may be affected by the 2030 landuse plan by the Ministry of National Development. The plan includes plans for a road link (black line) from the mainland jumping off at Punggol, crossing to Pulau Ubin through Chek Jawa to jump off to Pulau Tekong before circling back to the mainland on Changi East. Proposed reclamation (in yellow) will bury Pasir Ris shores, Pulau Sekudu and Chek Jawa as well as a large amount of shore at Changi Beach.
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More from others at the survey
- Jianlin Liu on facebook.
- Jonathan Tan on facebook.
- Marcus Ng on facebook.
- Chay Hoon on facebook.
- Ivan Kwan on facebook.
- Heng Pei Yan on facebook.
Others who came on the survey: sgbeach bum, Lisa Lim.