26 June 2017

Pulau Sekudu is alive!

We return for our annual predawn survey of Pulau Sekudu aka Frog island, just off Changi and Pulau Ubin. And enjoyed a spectacular sunrise!
Sunrise over Chek Jawa from Pulau Sekudu
I was glad to see recovery in sponge diversity, the seagrasses are doing well, and lots of interesting marine life. Our last survey was in Jul 2016 at the height of mass coral bleaching.

25 June 2017

Beting Bronok slowly dying

This shore is close to last week's an oil spill off Pengerang. Six months ago, there was a 300-tonne oil spill in the East Johor Strait that impacted Pulau Ubin. During our last survey in Jun 2016, we saw coral bleaching.
Sunrise over living shores of Beting Bronok
Today, I'm relieved that I didn't see any coral bleaching. Although there were fewer hard corals, and I saw pale and 'melting' sponges as well as some pale flowery soft corals, we did see a wide variety of marine life. Nevertheless, Beting Bronok continues to decline and appears to be slowly dying.

24 June 2017

Chek Jawa is still alive!

This is our first survey of the coral rubble area since Chek Jawa was hit by the 300-tonne oil spill in the East Johor Strait six months ago. And last week, there was an oil spill near Pulau Tekong. During last survey of this part of Chek Jawa in Jul 2016, we saw mass coral bleaching.
Various colourful sponges and marine life on the coral rubble area, Chek Jawa
So I was very relieved to see lots of colourful sponges and marine life at Chek Jawa this morning! In fact, Chek Jawa is looking more like it used to before the devastating mass deaths in 2007 which wiped out the sponges and many other animals here.

22 June 2017

Sharing Chek Jawa and Ubin with Youth Corps Singapore

I had a wild time with enthusiastic youths at Chek Jawa for the YCS Volunteer Engagement: Understanding Ubin's Natural Heritage.
Sharing Chek Jawa and Ubin with Youth Corps Singapore
I am inspired by their energy and their questions made me think more deeply. Thanks to Ng Jing Rou for organising the trip and letting me be a part of it.

16 June 2017

Large fish traps in Singapore waters

An otter was found dead in a large fish trap on 14 Jun 2017 at Marina Reservoir.
Photo from Goverment Press Release, 16 Jun 17;
These traps are very commonly seen on Singapore shores, including shores where otters have been sighted.

Oil spill off Pulau Tekong in Johor waters 15 Jun 2017

An oil tanker MT Putri Sea sank in Johor waters off Pulau Tekong, after an explosion on board on 15 Jun 2017 before dawn.
Location of incident from TODAY
When authorities arrived at the accident area, the tanker not in sight, "but there were traces of an oil spill in the area". Earlier reports said the tanker was believed to be carrying 'crude oil', later amended to 'fuel'. So far, no updates on what was spilled, how much and what was done about the spill.


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