In Jun 2016 we saw mass coral bleaching is happening at Pulau Tekukor. The survey team estimates about 50% of the hard corals we saw were bleaching, 50% for leathery soft corals and 10% for sea anemones.
|What we saw in Jun 2016|
Anemone corals, Small goniopora coral, Crinkled sandpaper coral, Flowery disk coral, Plate montipora coral and Brain coral. But most of the corals were Pore corals and Merulind corals (previously Favid corals).
leathery soft corals. Most were medium to small but none were bleaching.
Magnificent anemones. There were also many Giant carpet anemones, abundant Frilly anemones and I saw one Wiggly star anemone. Although some anemones were a little 'flourescent' I didn't see any that were totally bleaching.
zoanthids, and none of them were bleaching. The pebbles are really painful to walk on!
Red feather star curled up among some corals, as well as many Hairy crabs, a cluster of squid eggs. There were a few large Fan shell clams and I saw a dead cone snail. The most abundant animals on the shores remains the Black long sea cucumbers.
Fluted giant clam is still there and still doing well.
Raffles pitcher plants. Some were growing low so I managed a closer look at them. Their weird pitches and flowers too!
Sickle seagrass right at the southern tip of the island.
MPA Port Marine Notice No. NO. 02 OF 2017, dated 03 Jan 2017
SOIL INVESTIGATION WORKS AT SOUTH OF PULAU TEKUKOR AND WEST OF ST JOHN’S ISLAND
With effect from 05 Jan 2017 to 27 May 2017.
Location : South of Pulau Tekukor and West of St John’s Island, at the following coordinates
(see attached chartlet):
Soil investigation work will be carried out by drilling and sampling using a jack-up barge. Tug boats will be used to move the jack-up barges. The safety zone is a circular area of 30m radius centred at the borehole. Safety boats will be deployed in the vicinity to warn other craft about the work. Further enquires relating to the project can be directed to Mr John Chai, Project Director at Tel: +65 8223-2929 (email: firstname.lastname@example.org).Let's hope these works don't impact the shores nearby.
Posts by others on this trip
- Marcus Ng on facebook.
- Richard Kuah on facebook and on his blog.
Others on this trip: Lisa Lim, Nicholas Yap.