Apr 2022. But there remains many corals here. The rest of the team spotted a Giant clam and other interesting marine life. While Kelvin flew the drone and got footage of a shark hunting in the shallows.
Thanks to Kelvin's drone view, I realise the Terumbu is heart-shaped! The rest of the team saw cool and interesting animals. From a Giant clam to fishes and nudibranchs.
|Collage from photos by the team. |
Links to their albums below.
Kelvin also tracked a shark swimming along the reef edge and making a turn into the shallower water. A reminder to us not to step on the sharks when surveying the reef edge!
There is a small area here that was densely covered with hard corals. As on our last survey in Apr 2022, Today, I didn't see as many live corals as in May 2021. I sense many of the large corals at the reef edge were dead and covered with algae. I'm still not really sure what happened. Aside from one large coral at the reef edge that was bleaching, the rest of the corals seemed alright.
Branching montipora corals. These corals sometimes form large 'fields' on other submerged reefs. Hopefully, the same will happen here.
leathery soft corals of various kinds. And some Asparagus flowery soft coral and Leathery sea fans. Those I saw seemed alright.
May 2021. Back sliding from the slight improvement we saw on our last survey in Apr 2022. I saw several clumps of Tape seagrass with longish leaves (about 20-30cm). I saw many that were cropped short. There were also sprinkles Spoon seagrasses. I didn't see any Sickle seagrasses.
Singapore's submerged reefs are often out of sight under the high tide and thus forgotten. Let's hope Terumbu Bemban stays safe until we can visit again.
Future of Terumbu Bemban
Large areas nearby are slated for massive reclamation outlined recently in the Long-Term Plan Review.
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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Posts by others on this survey
Kelvin Yong drone footage
Kelvin Yong photos
Che Cheng Neo