11 Jun '12, 1am

The Annotated Budak: Shoots and leaves by @budak

The Annotated Budak: Shoots and leaves by @budak

Many of the corals that survive, even thrive, in the intertidal zone form massive colonies resembling boulders, blocks or miniature atolls of living polyps in a ring around a rubble core. Staghorn corals , whose arborescent layers dominate the reefs of popular imagination, do better in slightly deeper waters; colonies found on the plateaus of reef flats that receive periodic exposure to the air tend to be low-slung and much less exuberant than those on the edge. Only at a few peculiar locales , such as the swift, deep channel between Pulau Brani and Sentosa, does Acropora attain tabular proportions that house a community of defenders and threaten to overshadow their branchless kin. Acropora colonies, particular the stunted outcrops that sparsely dot local betings and terumbus , risk confusion with another intertidal coral, one that shares a superficially bushy outlook but ...

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budak.blogs.com 12 Jun '12, 1am

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budak.blogs.com 13 Jun '12, 12am

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budak.blogs.com 07 Jun '12, 8am

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budak.blogs.com 13 Jun '12, 12am

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budak.blogs.com 14 Jun '12, 2am

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budak.blogs.com 08 Jun '12, 7am

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budak.blogs.com 22 Jun '12, 11am

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budak.blogs.com 20 Jun '12, 3am

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budak.blogs.com 05 Jun '12, 8am

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budak.blogs.com 31 May '12, 2am

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