Here's a brief video clip of this rich reef edge at sunset.
July 2016 at the height of mass coral bleaching. At that time, we estimated about 50% of the hard corals and 50% of the leathery soft corals were bleaching. And also noticed about 5-10% of corals have died recently.
Today, there were no bleaching corals!
Boulder horn coral.
Branching montipora coral was still there.
leathery soft corals and large Asparagus flowery soft corals.
Acropora corals, Cauliflower corals, Sandpaper corals and other interesting corals like a Trumpet coral. There were still many Magnificent anemones on the reefs, none were bleaching. Fortunately, we didn't come across any fish traps today, unlike our last survey in Aug 2017.
Common sea stars and Cake sand dollars. Among the sprinkles of Spoon seagrass with tiny leaves and Needle seagrasses, there were lots of Starry flatworms, some Haddon's carpet anemones, lots of Bazillion snails, some tiny Window pane clams and Black lipped conch snails. There was still a bloom of Sea Lettuce seaweed in the big lagoon, but less than what we saw on our last survey in Aug 2017.
May 2018, Kusu shores were closed after asbestos found there. According to media articles, traces of asbestos, a hazardous material, have been discovered on Kusu Island, the Singapore Land Authority (SLA) said on Friday (May 4) after a similar discovery on St John's Island over a week ago.
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Photo from Channel NewsAsia
Photos of by others on this trip
Loh Kok Sheng
Yeo Jing Ying
Others on this trip: James, Yi Feng, Nicholas Yeo.