I saw some patches of lightly bleaching Spoon seagrasses on both northern and southern Chek Jawa.
The net continues to trap a lot of fishes.
More photos by Rene Ong on her page.
Despite these pressures, Chek Jawa is still very much alive!
Garlic bread sea cucumbers of all sizes. Also many Pink warty sea cucumbers and some Thorny sea cucumbers. I saw one Smooth sea cucumber and one Beige sea cucumber. We came across one Knobbly sea star, but the rest of the team saw lots more. There were also lots of brittle stars.
Straw tubeworms. But alas, I couldn't find any living Button snails.
Spoon seagrass and Needle seagrass, with some patches of Fern seagrass. Closer to the boardwalk, Smooth ribbon seagrasses are still lush. We saw dugong feeding trails!
Haddon's carpet anemones! In 2007, there was mass deaths of Haddon's carpet anemones and other animals at Chek Jawa. This is believed to be due to heavy rainfall as marine life can't cope well with too much freshwater.
Mentigi (Pemphis acidula) is still there and looking alright. We saw under a fallen tree on our last survey in Jan 2016.
Posts by others on this trip
- Abel Yeo on facebook.
- Sirius Ng on facebook.
- Rene Ong on facebook.
- Jianlin Liu on facebook.
- Liz Lim on facebook.
- Toh Chay Hoon on facebook.
- Frances Loke on facebook.
- Loh Kok Sheng on facebook.