I still can't walk fast or far so I only did a short circuit of the main swimming lagoon created by building artificial seawalls. Amazingly, marine life has returned within the lagoon. There are many small clumps of Tape seagrass in the lagoon. Fortunately, they were mostly long and lush. I only saw a small patch that was cropped to about 20cm.
Spoon seagrasses with small blades, especially near the reef crest.
NOAA Coral Reef Watch site, large swathes of our region is under coral bleaching watch (green), with patches of warning level (orange) and some already bleaching (red). Fortunately, Singapore appears to be just outside the green area.
|From NOAA Coral Reef Watch|
Anchor coral, which often suffers badly during coral bleaching.
Pore corals were alright although some were pale and some had pink patches.
Asparagus flowery soft corals that were very pale.
Favid corals, and this brain coral. All seemed alright. I also saw several Magnificent anemones and Giant carpet anemones, but didn't find any clown anemonefishes in them.
Fluted giant clam. The rest of the team also saw several more giant clams! We had started to see many of these Fluted giant clams on our trip to Pulau Hantu in May 2013 and saw them again in Sep 2013.
mangrove trees have settled naturally on the artificial seawall at Pulau Hantu! Just beneath the naturally regenerating mangroves on the seawall are corals and seagrasses!
Bakau pasir and Tengah putih.
Nyireh bunga trees. One was flowering and another had a developing fruit!
Hantu Bloggers who were conducting a guided walk at the time. More about this on Pei Yan's blog. Today, we had a team of experienced people to quickly and safely deal with the net. More about the removal on the Project Driftnet blog.
|Photo by Andy.|
My last trip here was in Sep 2013. It is also possible to dive at Pulau Hantu! Join the volunteers of the Hantu Bloggers who conduct guided dives this reef every month!
Photos and stories by others on the trip