Walking along the Changi boardwalk, the overwhelming smell of oil rose from rocks along this stretch of beach.
Melted chocolate sponge and other kinds of sponges. Also lots of Button zoanthids. Similar to what I saw in Jul 2016. There were also several Thumbs up ascidians and many Banded bead anemones. I didn't see any sea fans.
Onch snails and Drills. But I didn't see any crabs or sea slaters.
Purple branching sponges, many with brownish tips that lack colour. But I have seen this even before the oil spill.
Jul 2016, I saw fewer clumps of Zebra corals, about half of them were completely white (bleaching?)
Haddon's carpet anemone and one Tiger anemone.
Cerianthid and a few Flowery sea pens.
Ball sea cucumber and it was hurt. I saw two Smooth sea cucumbers and one Warty sea cucumber. On my last trip here in Jul 2016, I saw a wider variety of sea cucumbers and many more individuals.
Biscuit star that was half melted. But also some others that looked fine. I didn't see any other kinds of sea stars or sea urchins.
glass shrimps. I didn't see hermit crabs either. Nor did I see any large snails like Noble volutes.
Spoon seagrass made up the meadows here and they seemed fine. No bleaching seen. But also no dugong feeding trails. We didn't have the time to check out the seagrasses right next to the Ferry Terminal. But they seemed lush from a distance.
More photos by Chay Hoon on facebook.
Today, Chay Hoon and I also surveyed these areas for oil spill impact
- Changi Creek near Changi Point Ferry Terminal
- Changi Creek mangroves
- Changi Beach at Carpark 1 and 2
Posts about the Johor Strait oil spill in Jan 2017
- How are Pasir Ris mangroves and seagrass meadows after the oil spill?
- Are we helping or harming when we 'clean' oiled mangroves?
- Oil spill at East Johor Strait: YOUR sightings
- Key happenings: Oil spill at East Johor Strait, Jan 2017
- Survey of oil spill spill impact on Ubin and mainland Singapore, 5 Jan 2017
- Oil spill near Pulau Ubin, 4 Jan 2017