|Lights on the horizon are ships parked off the coast.|
Similar to my last survey in Aug 2022 and May 2021, I saw a good variety of corals and I didn't see any that were bleaching. Most seemed very healthy, although a few had large dead patches. Most of the corals were those commonly seen on our shores: delicate folded Disk corals, squat Pore boulder corals and Anemone corals, and other boulder shaped Merulinid corals. But I also saw some less commonly seen ones like Cauliflower coral.
Branching montipora corals (now about 5m x 5m) for Ilyda to photograph. While Che Cheng shared with her a 'Nemo' Clown anemonefish in a Giant carpet anemone.
Spoon seagrass (large and small leaves); Needle seagrass (broad and narrow leave); Noodle seagrass; very long Sickle seagrass; Smooth ribbon seagrass; Serrated ribbon seagrass and lots of Tape seagrass with long leaves. Many of the Tape seagrasses had developing female flowers. Unfortunately, today I didn't see many animals among the seagrasses.
Fire anemone (don't touch) and our first time seeing a Peacock-tail anemone shrimp living in one. These shrimps are commonly seen in other large sea anemones.
|Montage of photos by the rest of the team. |
Links to their albums below.
Spoon seagrass with large leaves, and Needle seagrass with broad leaves and narrow leaves. I saw very few animals, these are commonly seen in our seagrass meadows: Thorny sea cucumber, Pink warty sea cucumber, small White sea urchins and a small Haddon's carpet anemone.
Cake sand dollars. They dot the sand in the hundreds. There were also small patches of living Button snails, just beneath the sand surface, leaving typical dots on the sand. I also saw lots of Weasel olive snails, common Moon snails and one Spiral babylon snail. There were also many coils of 'processed sand' left by very long buried Acorn worms.
Where did these corals come from?
The babies of these corals are from Singapore reefs! This chart shared in the Long-Term Plan Review shows coral larvae (babies) dispersal in our waters from mass coral spawning. This highlights the importance of protecting our 'mother reefs' so that they can continue to produce babies that settle all along our shoreline.
What is the fate of these shores?
These shores lie west of Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal and are slated for massive reclamation outlined recently in the Long-Term Plan Review.
Draft Master Plan 2013.
The Singapore Blue Plan 2018
Check out the Sinapore Blue Plan 2018 which outlines community recommendations for all these shores. DOWNLOAD the Plan, SUPPORT the Plan! More on the Singapore Blue Plan 2018 site.
See these and other East Coast shores for yourself
It's fun and easy to explore these shores. Here, Che Cheng is showing Ilyda how an Olive burrows so quickly into the sand. More details in East Coast Park - Surprising intertidal adventures for the family
Photos by others on this survey
Che Cheng Neo