01 August 2015

MIssing sponge gardens at Pulau Ubin

Besides Chek Jawa, there are other Ubin shores that are just as beautiful. A small teams explored it this morning well before dawn.
Alas, the sponges and other colourful marine life we saw on the rocks in the past are missing. We saw a similar decline recently at Chek Jawa and Pulau Sekudu, as well as Changi opposite.

31 July 2015

Moonlight survey of East Coast Park

A small team returns to survey a sandy stretch of East Coast Park that has been taken over by seagrasses!
With the Bonnet snails and fig snails we saw, this shore reminds me of the Lost Coast.

20 July 2015

Bleaching at Pulau Semakau North

Finally, a clear look at a clown anemonefish in a Giant carpet anemone. Alas, the anemone appears to be starting to bleach.
Indeed, I noticed bleaching and stressed marine life on our last predawn survey of Northern Pulau Semakau. And very very sad seagrass situation. But still, some nice encounters with marine life.

18 July 2015

Magnificent explosion on Pulau Semakau East

We return to the eastern shore of Pulau Semakau. Here, there are lots of Magnificent anemones!
In our usual health check, we encounter some bleaching, and the Brain corals look particularly unwell. Sadly, our field drone died today.

17 July 2015

Checking up on Pulau Semakau South

A gorgeous day out exploring the Southern side of Pulau Semakau. I checked the reefy parts, while the rest of the team checked the seagrasses and mangroves. And we also had a look at the fish farm nearby.
We didn't see any coral bleaching, although the shore was a little quiet. The seagrasses don't seem to be doing well.

16 July 2015

Checking out Changi

We checked out a Changi shore that was affected by nearby dredging for the last six months. This shore is special because it has both a rocky shore and seagrassy and sandy areas.
There are still good growths of seagrasses, only Spoon seagrass. Dotted with Thorny sea cucumbers, Pink warty sea cucumbers and many Flowery sea pens. But the rocky shore is far less vibrant than before.


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