22 August 2017

Labrador still alive

This our last natural mainland reef is located next to the massive Pasir Panjang container terminal and near petrochemical plants on Pulau Bukom.
Labrador shore with jetty
We last visited the shore at the height of mass coral bleaching in Jul 2016. It was a relief to see the seagrasses and corals here are alright. Although it was disturbing to see some oil blobs, and it seems many of the large coral colonies did not survive the mass bleaching event.

21 August 2017

Pipes still on Changi after excavation work

Not only was this Changi shore impacted by the 300-tonne oil spill in the East Johor Strait, but a huge excavator was also seen digging it up a few months afterwards.
Pipes left on the shore after coastal works
If the excavator works was to remove pipes on the shores (that have been there for years), was it done properly? Because today, there were still pipes, albeit in pieces, on the shore. What is going on?

How is Changi after oil spill and excavation?

Today is the last possible morning tide in the year to survey this Changi shore that was impacted by the 300-tonne oil spill in the East Johor Strait in Jan 2017.
We had planned to survey it in May 2017, but were shocked that an excavator was digging up the shore. It was relief to see today that the shores were still alive, although not as lively and rich as before.

20 August 2017

Kusu Island with large fish trap

We visit our favourite shores during the last series of predawn low tides of the year.
City skyline on mainland from Kusu Island
Just minutes from the central business district on mainland Singapore, there are awesome reefs on tiny Kusu Island. Alas, corals appear to be smothered by a seaweed bloom and we came across a large fish trap.

12 August 2017

Cyrene with dugong sign, stars and more!

We arrive in a drizzle which turned into a rainbow! At the end of the rainbow, a dugong feeding trail!
Dugong feeding trail in seagrass meadows, Cyrene Reef, Aug 2017
Cyrene Reef has lovely seagrass meadows with amazing sea stars and other marine life. I also checked out the deep pool that used to be thick with long Tape seagrass.

10 August 2017

Corals, seagrasses and mangroves of Pulau Hantu

A short survey of Pulau Hantu shows all seems well.
Living reefs of Pulau Hantu
 Although it lies just across the petrochemical plants on Pulau Bukom, there are living reefs, seagrasses and even mangroves on Pulau Hantu.


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