A large team turned out to survey Beting Bemban Besar even though it was a weekday. Which is a good thing because this submerged reef is HUGE!
Beting Bemban Besar is among our largest submerged reef flats. I checked out the eastern edge that faces Pulau Semakau, which I've never actually surveyed before. There are some corals on the reef edge, but not as many or as dense and as large as say, Terumbu Raya.
Cushion star, two Magnificent anemones, several Giant carpet anemones. Abel spotted a Leathery sea anemone, which is not commonly seen on our shores. Common sea stars were also scattered among the seagrassy areas. I also saw a Very long ribbon worm.
Anemonefishes in this Giant carpet anemone, but they were very shy, playing hide and seek with me.
dugong feeding trails among the seagrasses growing here!
Tape seagrass that have not been cropped!
Tape seagrass growing in deeper water. The most abundant seagrass was Spoon seagrass with tiny and with large leaves. There were also Sickle seagrass and Noodle seagrass.
Sargassum seaweed are dying down, but still form dense layers near the reef edge. In the area nearer the fish farm, there were patches of bright green filamentous seaweed.
June 2019), but the rest of the team did.
Feb 2019. Probably a result of a massive rockslide or landslide.
The Singapore Blue Plan 2018
Pulau Semakau and nearby islands and submerged reefs have been recommended by the Singapore Blue Plan 2018 for Immediate Conservation Priority.
The Blue Plan recommends the intertidal and subtidal marine areas of Pulau Semakau and adjacent Pulau Hantu, and Pulau Jong to be designated Marine Reserve.
The Blue Plan highlights that Pulau Semakau and its associated patch reefs comprise many ecosystems: coral reefs, mangrove areas, intertidal sandflats, seagrass meadows, and coral reefs. The subtidal area of Pulau Jong is larger than the terrestrial area. Pulau Hantu is a popular dive site has seen increasing interest in the past decade due to biodiversity awareness. If protection is accorded to these three islands, zonation plans for use can be implemented to manage tourism and human impacts.
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Photos by others on this trip
Others on this trip: Ivan Kwan.
Meanwhile, other friends surveyed other shores
Vincent Choo helped out in The Southern Islands Biodiversity survey by NParks.
Eugene Tan surveyed an East Coast Park shore