27 Jun '17, 4am

Wild Shores of Singapore: Pulau Sekudu is alive!

We return for our annual predawn survey of Pulau Sekudu aka Frog island, just off Changi and Pulau Ubin. And enjoyed a spectacular sunrise! I was glad to see recovery in sponge diversity, the seagrasses are doing well, and lots of interesting marine life. Our last survey was in Jul 2016 at the height of mass coral bleaching. Today, I saw a few small colonies of Boulder pore coral none of them were bleaching, although the colonies had signs of recent death. Kok Sheng also pointed out two Pock-marked corals one of which was half dead and covered by a sponge. There were also patches of healthy Zebra coral near the high water mark. During the mass coral bleaching survey in Jul 2016 , I saw more Boulder pore corals but none of them were bleaching. Today, there were many Pink flowery soft corals and Spiky flowery soft corals , as well as some Ball flowery soft corals . They all ...

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