during mass coral bleaching in 2016. Despite the drastically reduced seagrass cover, it was nice to see many dugong feeding trails. The team also found Giant clams.
I surveyed the western end of Cyrene which is the most reefy part. I could see white patches of bleaching coral and leathery soft corals.
Jun 2016, about 80-90% of the hard corals and soft corals that I saw were bleaching. I last surveyed this reef in Jun 2019, when I did see some bleaching as well.
|Mass coral bleaching at Cyrene in Jun 2016.|
Horse mussels embedded in the sand. The shells were mostly empty and I saw a row of Reef murex snails that appeared to be feeding on them.
Fluted giant clams in several spots on the reef.
Common sea star, sprinkles of sand bubbler crabs, one Soldier crab, trails of moon snails, and some Acorn worms.
dugong feeding trails on the northern edge.
Tape seagrass remain cropped with some so severely cropped that only the stiff leaf edges stick out of the ground. There were also patches of burnt seagrasses. And some patches of fluffy seaweeds among the seagrasses.
ongoing reclamation at Jurong Island might be affecting Cyrene.
|Image from the MPA website|
|From Port Marine Notice 109 of 2018.|
Posts by others on this survey
Loh Kok Sheng
Other surveys during this low tide
Richard Kuah at Coney Island
Victor Toh went kayaking to Terumbu Buran, Seringat Kias and Kusu Island.