Making full use of the spring low tide! While half the team headed for Labrador, I checked out Berlayar Creek shores with the rest of the team.
Recently, there has been more sand accumulating at the mouth of the Creek and even among the mangroves upstream along the Creek. It was heartening to see that animals are living the sand. suggesting that it's not toxic.
Gregarious tubeworms, Solitary tubeworm and Straw tubeworms.
Common sea star (our first sighting for this shore). There were also several Weasel olive snails burrowing in the sand, and some living Cake sand dollars. There was a skeleton of a Thick-edged sand dollar, which is not commonly seen.
Spoon seagrass form a dense carpet.
Small coin green seaweed which have lost their colour. This seaweed is abundant at both Berlayar Creek and Labrador today. Among the seagrasses, we saw hermit crabs and a few Fan shell clams.
Very long sea anemone (our first sighting for this shore). There were also still lots of Haddon's carpet anemones on the sand bar where the seagrass used to be. I also saw a Giant carpet anemone, a Frilly sea anemone and many Banded bead anemones.
Oct 2017, Ronald Batchelor, Senior Horticulture Officer at Keppel Club recently shared with me that the Club had taken measures to stop the golf balls from entering into the Berlayer Creek mangroves and shores. The gratings had been already installed at a big drain outlet to prevent the golf balls from going into the mangroves from the driving range. More drain traps were placed to prevent more balls from being discharged into the Berlayer Creek. He also shared these photos Club workers have also been cleaning up golf balls from the Creek. So bravo to the Club!
Tape seagrasses, healthy looking Sickle seagrass and Spoon seagrass. Although I did see a small clump of Tape seagrass with short leaf blades.
And many Coral ghost shrimps.
And this pretty Feathery file fish!
An Estuarine moray eel!
The team that surveyed Labrador today say the situation is about the same as our last survey in the morning of Aug 2017. Labrador shore is now permanently closed to the public due to safety issues. Labrador is Singapore's last natural cliff on the mainland. There is work ongoing now to stabilise the cliff. But the jetty is now open, with fishing only allowed at the furthest end of the jetty. More about what you can see and do at Labrador on the NParks website.
Thanks to NParks for permission to survey the shore. Special thanks to Yi Fei (seen here removing trap from the shore) and Pin Chong for looking after us and for taking care of these precious shores.
Photos by others on this trip
Yeo Jing Ying
Teo Say Chong
Loh Kok Sheng
Others on this trip: Abigail.