Sending shivers down the spine every time I see it, I happened to spot the Hollow-cheeked stonefish just before I stepped on it (the usual way I spot one). It's tough to distinguish it from the surrounding rubble, especially in ripply water. I still remember the day Shao Wei stepped on a stonefish on this very shore in 2011. It's a terrible thing to happen! How many stonefish are there on Sentosa? Here's a paper on this question.
Tape seagrass with long leaf blades. Today, I saw sprinkles of tiny white male flowers floating on the water! These are often mistaken for styrofoam bits. The female flowers are much larger, with three large petals that 'zip up' when underwater but open up on the water surface so the male flowers can get to them. So fascinating to see this in action!
Jul 2019, Spoon seagrass was everywhere. On the northern shoreline, there are still some small patches of Sickle seagrass and sprinkles of Needle seagrass. The Tape seagrass on the southern shore however, were mostly cropped. I saw some male flowers here floating on the water, but no female flowers.
Estuarine moray eel!
Sandpaper corals that were perfectly okay, many Merulinid corals and Boulder pore corals that were pale or bleaching. During my last survey in Jul 2019, I didn't see any bleaching and most of the colonies were well formed. The tide wasn't really low today, so perhaps I just didn't reach the same areas as my previous survey. Kelvin saw one Lettuce coral, a few Disk corals and Cauliflower coral.
Giant carpet anemones along the northern shoreline, a few Frilly sea anemones, some Wiggly reef star anemones. I saw some small colonies of a variety of Leathery soft corals, and some blue Broad feathery soft corals.
Silvery blue sponges, some covered rather large patches.
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.
Jan 2018, it seemed to have been chopped off, but has since resprouted. The leaves are turning yellow, which happens naturally now and then. The branch wedged at the tree base probably fell off from the cliff, one of the challenges facing trees growing on or near these natural cliffs.
Raffles pitcher plants is also still there and seems to have grown larger. The plants were furiously in bloom.
Cake sand dollars. Similar to my last survey in Jul 2019.
Bryopsis green seaweed on the western shore near Rasa Sentosa. While Sargassum is blooming on the reef edge.
Dec 2018. They were absent during our survey in 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
Nurulhuda Abdul Rahim