A short boat ride from the Central Business District on the main island of Singapore, are the amazing living shores of St John's Island!
John's Island has some of our more spectacular natural shores. Although most of
its eastern shoreline has been reclaimed or have artificial seawalls, the
northern tip remains untouched. Here's a view of the northern tip of St John's
with the Sisters Islands on the horizon. In fact, the western shore of St John's
Island is part of the Sisters Islands Marine Park!
Sargassum seaweed (normal for this time of the year), it was even more challenging to find
Jan 2020, there are many sea anemones on this shore, I didn't see any that were bleaching. Especially on the western shore,
there were many Giant carpet anemones, but no anemonefish. I saw many Frilly anemones, the team saw several Magnificent anemones (one with shrimps) and in the sandy lagoons, many Haddon's carpet anemones one with shrimps. And a first entry for this location, James Koh saw several Swimming anemones.
Knobbly sea stars! Vincent Choo also saw an Orange sand star. There was also a big Red feather star. Spider conch snails are quite common
here. I saw the skeleton of the rare Thick-edged sand dollar, but no live ones.
There were also some Common sea stars, and all kinds of other small crabs and
Swimming file clam, photographed by James Koh.
I love this shore mainly for the beautiful natural coastal forest that still
grows here. There are not too many of these left in Singapore. The situation
today is quite similar to our last survey in
Nyireh laut tree. She is still very much alive! Although there is a large log near her, which
will probably pound into her during the high tide. These trees do live in a
Seashore pandan flower was quite low. I had a sniff and it smells like soap! Lots of
little bees were busy gathering at the flowers. Other interesting plants seen
flowering and fruiting were:
Penaga Laut, Chengam, Nyireh bunga,
Tiup-tiup. I even saw a clump of
growing on the cliff. But I didn't see the Raffles pitcher plant today.
Tape seagrass, most with fresh green and moderately long leaf blades. St John's Island is
one of the few shores left that still has long Tape seagrass.
on the western shore facing the Sisters Islands. There were also sprinkles of
Spoons seagrass (with small leaves) in the eastern lagoons.
St John's Island in the Singapore Blue Plan
The Singapore Blue Plan 2018 highlights the importance of St John's
Island to our marine biodiversity.
The cluster of Kusu, Lazarus and
St. John's Islands has been recommended by the Singapore Blue Plan 2018 for
elevated protection status. The Blue Plan highlights that Lazarus, St. John’s,
and Kusu Islands are established sites for coral nurseries as their shoreline
offers ideal sheltered areas for growth of corals. Designating these islands as
No-fishing Areas can bolster their rehabilitation.
larger cluster of islands means zonation plans for use can be implemented to
manage tourism and human impacts.
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Photos by others on this trip
Loh Kok Sheng
Other shores surveyed
Richard Kuah surveyed Coney Island