Corals have settled naturally on Tanah Merah's artificial shores! Some of the team surveyed the stunning variety of corals and marine life near the Ferry Terminal: Check out Kok Sheng's blog post! The artificial shores of Tanah Merah are an unintended experiment which shows that beautiful and interesting marine life can settle naturally on seawalls and artificial structures!
|Photo by Koh Kwan Siong on facebook.|
Boulder sandpaper coral. Which looks like the more common Pore corals. I also saw one colony of Galaxy coral and Anemone coral.
Favid corals. I didn't see any bleaching corals, although some of the Pore coral colonies were very pale.
Batfish, it was pooping!
Bigfin reef squid.
Bazillion snails and Dubious nerites. Other snails seen included: a Dolphin snail, Spotted top shell snail, Olive whelk, Oval moon snail and an unidentified snail,
Frilly sea anemones, some fanworms, many Thumbs up sea squirts, and several small patches of Button zoanthids or colonial anemones.
Giant carpet anemone. And next to to it, a pair of male-female anemone shrimps! I also saw some small Swimming crabs and Moon crabs. The water was too murky to spot fishes, and they all went into hiding at sunrise. Alas, I didn't come across any Common sea stars.
Smooth ribbon seagrasses have grown very large! In Singapore, this species of seagrass is only abundant at Chek Jawa and Cyrene Reef.
Haddon's carpet anemones and bunches of crunchy red seaweed. There were also many bunches of Mermaid fan seaweed on the rocks.
Tape seagrass is still there and doing well. I saw another patch of Tape seagrass too and it was producing female flowers.
Sickle seagrass is a little bigger, but all the leaf blades are cropped short. Oh dear.
Spoon seagrass are coming back in small patches where they used to carpet large areas.
black Gymnodoris with little yellow spots is quite commonly encountered elsewhere too.
massive oil spill that landed on this shore in 2010 and was not cleaned up. After the oil spill, I visited these shores every month for two years to see how they were doing.
Sep 2013. The shores near Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal are now off limits and trespassers will be arrested, such as this incident in Nov 2013. We obtained a permit to do our survey today.
Photos and stories by others on this trip
- Kwan Siong on facebook.
- Sankar's videoclip of a filefish on facebook.
- Jonathan Tan on facebook.
- Kok Sheng on his blog.
- Pei Yan on facebook and on her blog.
- TeamSeagrass monitored Chek Jawa.
- The Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum folks went to Kusu Island.
- Rene Ong surveyed Lazarus Island on facebook.
- Sijie brought more of his students and school staff to Cyrene Reef, on facebook
|Photos by Rene Ong on facebook.|
Meanwhile Chay Hoon reported that at Kusu Island: "Corals look rather okay at Kusu though some look rather pale and with lot of slime. At least so far they are not totally white!"