What a relief that we could find sea anemones on the shore. Haddon's carpet anemone, Giant carpet anemones (alas, no 'Nemos'), Wiggly reef star anemone, Frilly anemones, Fire anemone, Peachia anemone. It was great to see the usual animals. On the sand bar, lots of Oval moon snails and their sand collars. Nearby, still some Common sea stars. There were also lots of swimming crabs.
Burrowing giant clam about the length of his index finger.
|Photo by Marcus Ng.|
Branching montipora coral, perhaps the beginning of a field of them? Richard saw large clusters of leathery soft corals.
Jan 2022, which was better than Aug 2021. In some large parts, the seagrasses were growing more densely. The most common were Spoon seagrass (mostly small leaves) and Sickle seagrass. I saw many clumps of Tape seagrass, some had longish leaves (about 30cm) and some were still cropped short.
dugong feeding trails in the meadows of Spoon seagrass in the sandy centre of the reef flat near the arrival point. On our last survey in Jan 22, we saw only a few possible trails. We saw clearer trails in Aug 2021. We saw some on our last survey on Jul 2020. We didn't see any on our last survey in May 2019. We saw many trails in Dec 2018. Also in Aug 2016. The first time we noted them was in May 2012.
What is the fate of Terumbu Pempang Laut?
Pulau Hantu and all the terumbus west of it are slated for massive reclamation outlined recently in the Long-Term Plan Review. Singapore's submerged reefs are often out of sight under the high tide and thus forgotten.
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.
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Photos by others on this survey