This shore is a refuge for some rare coastal plants, and is among the few shores left in Singapore with lush Tape seagrasses with long leaves. Today, they were fruiting!
Here's a glimpse of the shore. Including corals hard and soft, anemones and anemoneshrimp, colourful sponges, nudibranch and seagrasses.
Merulinid corals. There were also many Boulder pore corals, some were large. I saw some plate corals too, and one Trumpet coral and Cauliflower coral. The rest of the team saw mushroom corals.
leathery soft corals, most were medium sized. Although there were a few very small Omelette leathery soft corals, which suggests some kind of stress.
Nyireh laut which is Critically Endangered in Singapore and we probably have only about 7 trees on our shores. The mother tree and her older daughter tree are still alright.
July 2017. The young Nyireh laut growing under the pillbox is doing well. On the last survey in Jan 2018, it seemed to have been chopped off, but has since resprouted. The patch of Raffles pitcher plants are also still there.
Also this interesting nudibranch which I have never seen before!
It was great to see some clumps of Tape seagrass with super long leaf blades, as they should. During the last survey in Jan 2018, the male flowers were blooming. Today, I saw a lot of fruits!
Sickle seagrass near the seawall is still there and doing well.
Liz shared her sighting of Needle seagrass, which is surprisingly not that common here.There remains a bloom of Bee hoon green seaweed and Hairy green seaweed that seems to have been going on here for years now. As is normal this time of year, there was also a bloom of Sargassum seaweed.
Jul 2017 and Jan 2018 so they must have been reinstalled since then. These are a 'security barrier' first installed in 2012.
Photos by others on this trip
Loh Kok Sheng
Others on this trip: Choo Yi Feng.