10 February 2016

Checking up on Cyrene

Lunar New Year follows the lunar cycle. So of course there is a low spring tide on Day 1 and Day 2 of every Lunar New Year. Thus, we have an excuse to escape our relatives and visit a shore instead!
Yesterday, we surveyed Cyrene Reef on a cool overcast afternoon. Although it is very close to major industrial areas in Singapore, this submerged reef has some of Singapore's best seagrass meadows and amazing marine biodiversity. How are the seagrasses doing? Are there signs of coral bleaching?

09 February 2016

Snaky at Southern Semakau

The southern part of Pulau Semakau lies next to the Semakau Landfill. We checked it out yesterday during a not-so-low tide.
We saw lots of sea hares, many Giant carpet anemones as well and checked on the seagrasses and coral bleaching. But the highlight of the trip for me were the many gentle friendly Dog-faced water snakes that were out and about in the overcast gloomy afternoon. These snakes are usually only more active at night.

26 January 2016

'Mini-Chek Jawa' is lost?

A lovely blue sky day exploring a small lagoon at Pulau Ubin next to Outward Bound Singapore yesterday. I last visited this shore in Jun 2008, when its lush seagrass meadows reminded me of Chek Jawa.
Alas, we didn't see any signs of seagrasses on this trip. What has happened here? I looked more closely at my old photos of this shore to see what might have changed.

25 January 2016

Wet and windy at Pulau Semakau East

A glorious crispy blue sky on a windy day as we head out to check up on eastern Pulau Semakau.
This natural shore has lots of Magnificent anemones and other reeflife! It was a relief that we didn't see coral bleaching on the shore.

20 January 2016

Black water at Punggol Jetty

The water around Punggol Jetty is black! Checks suggest the water at Pasir Ris and Pulau Ubin still seem alright.
While I didn't come across many dead fishes, there were signs of many issues affecting water quality. From trash to coastal works. Please help me monitor the situation and let me know if you see any dead fishes.

Dead Fish Alert!

Please help me monitor dead fishes washing up on the Johor Straits. Please let me know if you see large numbers (more than 20) especially of large dead fishes (more than 20cm long) washing up on the northern shores such as Pulau Ubin, Lim Chu Kang, Sungei Buloh, Kranji, Sembawang, Punggol, Pasir Ris, Changi.

Thank you!

Punggol mangroves being smothered by clay?

There is a narrow sliver of natural mangroves at Punggol near Punggol Jetty and Coney Island. Today, I noticed a layer of bright orange clay coated the area as far as I could see from the roadside.
I've reported this to NEA and NParks. [Update 4 Feb 2016: I got a call this morning from Mr Hoseni who said the matter has been referred to their enforcement unit who will follow up with the people doing the massive construction nearby to ensure this stops. He said the equipment they had on site was unable to cope with the overflow of clayey water. He appreciated the feedback and said we should continue to provide such feedback.]


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