The Giant clam was fine on our last survey here in Jun 2017. She is called Mama Jong because her babies were a part of Dr Neo Mei Lin's work. She has been loved and monitored for a long time. Mama Jong will be missed.
|Photo of Mama Jong in June 2017.|
Acropora corals. Although white, I don't think they are bleaching, just that their brown tissue have been retracted as the colonies were out of water. Although one had patches that died some time ago and is already starting to be covered by fuzzy epiphytes.
Merulinid corals. Some colonies were quite large.
Boulder pore corals are also abundant here. Most were rather pale, only a few were dark brown. Some had really white margins on the upper portions, and a few had small greyish dead portions. This is similar to what we observed on our last survey here in Jun 2017.
Plate montipora corals with greyish decaying tissue. And one Pebble coral with the same situation on the upper portion of the colony, although the lower portion seemed healthy.
Cauliflower corals. The white parts I think are just tissue retracted and not colony bleaching.
Disk corals, Anemone corals and Sandpaper corals, all alright.
Blue-spotted fantail ray. Which disappeared in an instant into the sand. After the cloud of sand settled, all that could be seen (if we look carefully) are two eyes. This is why we need to be careful when walking on the reef flat. Even on bare sand!
Magnificent anemone that we have seen here for some time. There were many Frilly anemones. All looked fine. But we couldn't find the Merten's carpet anemone. I saw one Leathery sea fan that had some dead upper portions. There were some Asparagus flowery soft corals that looked alright, even those exposed on the rocks at low tide.
Sickle seagrass although they were mostly badly burnt. During our last survey in Jun 2017, they were not burnt. And tiny patches of Spoon seagrass with small leaf blades that were bright green and clear of epiphytes.
Future of Pulau Jong?
Pulau Jong is one of the existing natural shores that may be impactedby the landuse plan by the Ministry of National Development released in Jan 2013 in response to the Populations White Paper with a 6.9 million population target. The dotted margined blue areas are "Possible Future Reclamation". The other shores impacted by this plan include Pulau Hantu, Terumbu Pempang Darat, Terumbu Pempang Tengah and Terumbu Semakau.
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