With kind permission and company of NParks friends, we surveyed this interesting shore next to Labrador MRT station with mangroves, rocky shore, seagrass meadows and sandy shores!
For the first time, I saw large dense patches of healthy Spoon seagrass in the area nearer the seawall of the Park.
Small coin green seaweed at the seawall area as well as in the eastern patch of seagrass. This was also observed in Nov 2018. Spoon seagrass was growing among them. I'm not sure which came first, the seagrass or the seaweed?
Tape seagrass is still there, now surrounded by a sandy area. Although the leaf blades are cropped short, one of the rings of seagrass had three female flowers. I couldn't find any developing fruits or male flowers.
Jan 2017. When it was surrounded by Spoon seagrass.
Cake sand dollars. Kok Sheng found me a living Thick-edged sand dollar, which are not commonly seen. There were signs of sand bubbler crabs, some moon snail egg collars, and I saw one Weasel olive snail. I didn't see many tubeworms though. Kok Sheng found the Common sea star which I first saw in Nov 2018.
Haddon's carpet anemones on the sand bar where the seagrass used to be. I also a few Frilly sea anemones.
Knobbly sea star was seen!
As well as the rare Cryptic sea star.
There are still some golf balls on the shore, but not in the huge quantities we used to see in the past. These come from the Keppel Club golf course on the northern bank of Berlayar Creek.
Oct 2017, Ronald Batchelor, Senior Horticulture Officer at Keppel Club recently shared with me that the Club had taken measures to stop the golf balls from entering into the Berlayer Creek mangroves and shores. The gratings had been already installed at a big drain outlet to prevent the golf balls from going into the mangroves from the driving range. More drain traps were placed to prevent more balls from being discharged into the Berlayer Creek. He also shared these photos Club workers have also been cleaning up golf balls from the Creek. So bravo to the Club!
Sea lettuce seaweed on the seawall. We've also observed this at Changi recently. I seems rather unusual to me.
Photos by others on this trip
Loh Kok Sheng
Nurulhuda Abdul Rahim
Others on this trip: Jonathan
On 11 Mar, Loh Kok Sheng surveyed the shore again