27 May 2017

Cerianthid search at Changi

Today, we surveyed a shore that was badly affected by the by the 300-tonne oil spill in the East Johor Strait in January. Five months later, we are back with Dr Sérgio N. Stampar, an expert in cerianthids (peacock anemones).
Oil spill in the Johor Strait (5 Jan 2017) from Changi Carpark 4
I saw thick oil landing on this shore in 5 Jan 2017.
It was a relief to find the seagrasses were doing well, with lots of cerianthids as well as other marine life.


26 May 2017

Reefy Changi still alive

There is a sea fan garden at Changi that is only exposed at the very lowest tides. Which tend to happen at ungodly hours. The reefiest parts of the shore were furthest away from human reach. Read more about how coastal boardwalks can do more harm than good.
Reefy Changi
This shore was probably affected by the by the 300-tonne oil spill in the East Johor Strait in January. This is my first time at this shore since the oil spill.

20 May 2017

Expect delays at Changi bumboats during peak periods until 17 Sep 2017

Until 17 Sep, expect delays at peak periods at Changi Point Ferry Terminal as the pontoons there are being maintained.
Pontoon works at Changi Point Ferry Terminal
One of the pontoons removed for maintenance (21 May 2017)
From 17 May until 17 Sep, expect longer waiting time during peak periods due to pontoon works. During normal weekends, peak periods are around 8.30am to 12noon. For long weekends, peak periods may start ealier and last longer.


18 May 2017

Wild fun for kids during the June school holidays!

Exciting nature activities specially for kids are lined up for the coming school holidays! Free fun ways to discover and enjoy Singapore's biodiversity! Come for the Chek Jawa Open House, Festival of Biodiversity. Join night walks or nature camps, kids art workshop. Go kayaking with the kids, come for a kids' book launch.
Families are welcomed to volunteer at Pesta Ubin!
Here's Judy and her family who answered the call for volunteers!
Come for Pesta Ubin, Pulau Ubin Open House. Once a year only! Many Pesta Ubin activities are free of charge. Some do NOT require registration. Simply come to Pulau Ubin and join the fun! Find a Pesta Ubin activity that suits your schedule and interest! Don't say Bo Jio!



15 May 2017

Changi five months after the oil spill

For the first time, I survey these Changi shores at low spring tide. They were impacted five months ago by the 300-tonne oil spill in the East Johor Strait, My last survey of this series of shores was in Mar 2017 two months after the oil spill at a low neap tide which doesn't expose much of the shore..
Seagrass meadows at Changi Creek
At low spring tide, I could see more of the shore. The seagrasses are no longer bleaching! And I saw some of the usual animals, although the shore is less lively than usual. I also checked out Changi Creek, the mangroves up the Creek and shores at Carpark 3. I did not see any signs of massive oil spill impact.


14 May 2017

Checking up Beting Bemban Besar

We revisit this part of the huge reef for the first time since Jun 2016 when it was suffering from mass coral bleaching.
Living reefs of Beting Bemban Besar, May 2017
In Jun 2016, the survey team estimates about 50% of the hard corals we saw were bleaching, 50% for leathery soft corals and 10% for sea anemones.
This reef in Jun 2016 during mass coral bleaching.
Today, there was no mass coral bleaching, but many large corals had bleaching patches or dead patches. And the reefy areas appear to have been taken over by various seaweeds. But we did find interesting animals and there are seagrasses in the middle of the reef.


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