|A collage of photos shared by the team.|
Links to their albums below.
On a night trip, fishes are less shy and easier to photograph. The team didn't disappoint! They shared lots of photos of 'Nemos' (Clown anemonefishes) in both Giant carpet anemones and Magnificent anemones! Che Cheng took the best video of them here. Kelvin encountered a Black tipped reef shark - video here! Arjun spotted a Spotted-tail frogfish! Other fishes seen included damselfishes, wrasse, filefishes and more.
Apr 2022. There are not a lot of hard corals on this shore, but those seem were most doing well. Most of the corals are common varieties that are seen on many of our shores: Most corals seen were the boulder-shaped varieties - some quite large and mostly well formed without any large dead patches. Also some plate forming and branching corals. Special corals seen included a circular mushroom coral. A variety of medium-sized colonies of leathery soft corals were seen, as well as Leathery sea fans. Only a few hard corals and leathery soft corals had pale or bleached portions.
Common sea stars, Haddon's carpet anemones with Peacocktail anemone shrimp, Cerianthids, Moon crabs and Fiddler crabs. One clump of Tape seagrass, was noted growing outside the eastern seawall, with rather short leaves (about 30cm), among Spoon seagrass similar to what I saw here in Apr 2022.
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.
Protecting a larger cluster of islands means zonation plans for use can be implemented to manage tourism and human impacts.
DOWNLOAD the Plan, SUPPORT the Plan! More on the Singapore Blue Plan 2018 site.
Photos by those on the survey
Che Cheng Neo
Arjun Sai Krishnan
Others on this trip: Tommy Arden