Located near Jurong Island and next to Pulau Bukom and the petrochemical plants there. And yet, this large submerged reef has corals and other reef life!
I was happy to see the field of Branching montipora corals! It's quite close to our landing point on a safe sandy shore.
Extraordinary sea hare and cardinalfishes sheltering among living corals. Here's a video of the highlights of our trip.
Sargassum seaweed forms thick golden brown carpets over the reefier parts. This is normal and nothing to be alarmed about. But I managed to see a small variety of hard corals, none of them were bleaching.
Boulder pore corals were rather pale, but others were nice and brown.
leathery soft corals. Some of them were quite large. None were bleaching.
Frilly sea anemones, Zoanthids, a Haddon's carpet anemone (no shrimps), White tipped corallimorphs which are common here, and a Jorunna nudibranch. But none of us saw any giant clams.
Alas, I didn't come across good seagrass growths. Seagrasses were sparse, heavily covered in epiphytes and most of the Tape seagrass I saw was cropped short. I sense the seagrasses were doing better on our last survey here in Apr 2017.
2030 Landuse Plan by the Ministry of National Development released in Jan 2013 shows plans for 'possible future reclamation' (in light blue surrounded by dotted lines) that may impact Terumbu Pempang Darat and Terumbu Pempang Tengah. More about thepossible impact of the 2030 Landuse Plan on our shores.
Photos by others on this trip
Richard Kuah and on his blog.
Others on this trip: Juria Toramae, Manfred, Choo Yi Feng, Shu Shan Lam.