There are lots of huge corals on the southernmost tip of Pulau Tekukor! St John's Island and Lazarus Island are on the horizon.
Jan 2017 that I've finally made it to this spot. As before, there remain many large boulder-shaped corals here, and leathery soft corals cram the pool. I didn't see a wide variety of hard corals but none of those I saw were bleaching.
The 30cm Fluted giant clam is still there. But we couldn't find the larger one that was seen on our last survey in Aug 2021. There is not a wide variety of animals on Pulau Tekukor, but a lot of a few kinds of animals. These include Long black sea cucumbers, small ones are only commonly seen here. Also, a lot of Land hermit crabs - I saw many gathered around a piece of cloth...I have no idea why. There were also many Giant carpet anemones, Frilly anemones, Wiggly reef star anemone. The rest of the team also saw Snaky anemones for the first time here.
Sea Mat zoanthids and carpets of tinier Button zoanthids continue to cover large stretches of the eastern rocky areas.
Raffles pitcher plants.
This very rocky shore is just a few hundred metres from Sentosa! I find this juxtaposition of natural rocky features against Sentosa Cove at the northern tip of Pulau Tekukor quite intriguing...
Sickle seagrass covers a large area of this shore, with fresh green leaf blades. There were also sprinkles of Spoon seagrass with small leaf blades. The patch of Tape seagrass had male flower bracts (I didn't see any male flowers) and leaves were longish (about 20-30cm). When I last saw it in Mar 2022 and Nov 2020, this patch was also producing male flowers. Overall, the seagrass situation is very similar to what I saw in Mar 2022.
Mar 2020 is typical. Today, I saw hardly any trash on the entire high shore. I hope whatever changed the situation continues to keep trash off the shore.
Photos by others on this survey
Kelvin Yong's awesome drone videos
Kelvin Yong's photos
Che Cheng Neo
Loh Kok Sheng