I last surveyed the reefy portion of the shore in Apr 2016. The situation seems similar, although I sense the colonies have grown much bigger. All corals were healthy and well formed. I saw many Boulder pore corals and Branching pore corals. There were many Disk corals of various kinds. Merulinid (previously Favid) corals are still abundant with many different kinds seen. There were also some Anemone corals.
Cake sea star. There were also many Cake sand dollars on the sandy areas. Eugene had a close encounter with a Stonefish! Fortunately, no one was harmed.
Tiny red sea cucumbers. In the sand bar, we came across several large Remarkable sea cucumbers, our first time for this location. I also saw one Beige sea cucumber and one Ball sea cucumber.
Ramose murex, Kelvin found a Fig snail. There were lots of many Arabian cowries. Also some Ovum cowries. In the sand bar, there were many Olive snails, some Oval moon snails. I also saw one Speckled whelk which I rarely encounter.
Fan clams in the seagrassy areas. I didn't come across any large patches of other clams in the seagrass areas.
Giant carpet anemone, a small Striped sand anemone and one unidentified sea anemone.
Tape seagrass. Including this clump growing inside the canal! But I didn't see any that were flowering. Our last survey here in May 2018.
Spoon seagrass, both large and small leaved; Needle seagrass, both broad and narrow leaved. There were dense patches of Noodle seagrass, many clumps of Tape seagrass. some Sickle seagrass and Smooth ribbon seagrass. I didn't see Serrated ribbon seagrass which I saw in May 2018.
Aug 2019 for the Singapore Marine Fishes Expedition 2019, and it did yield some of our richest fish finds for the Expedition.
Draft Master Plan 2019 that affects our Eastern shores, plans for 'Changi City' may impact corals reefs and seagrass meadows that have settled on the artificial shores at Tanah Merah and East Coast Park. This shore is probably already impacted by massive new reclamation, currently ongoing. But such plans may also be an opportunity to incorporate and nurture the amazing marine life that is already found there.
Draft Master Plan 2013.
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Photos by others on this trip
Eugene Tan and more by Eugene Tan
Lee Sim Eng and Victor Toh
Sue Ye via Marine Stewards
Others on this trip: Dave Koh.
Meanwhile, Jianlin Liu surveyed a Changi shore on the same tide.