24 June 2017

Chek Jawa is still alive!

This is our first survey of the coral rubble area since Chek Jawa was hit by the 300-tonne oil spill in the East Johor Strait six months ago. And last week, there was an oill spill near Pulau Tekong. During last survey of this part of Chek Jawa in Jul 2016, we saw mass coral bleaching.
Various colourful sponges and marine life on the coral rubble area, Chek Jawa
So I was very relieved to see lots of colourful sponges and marine life at Chek Jawa this morning! In fact, Chek Jawa is looking more like it used to before the devastating mass deaths in 2007 which wiped out the sponges and many other animals here.

22 June 2017

Sharing Chek Jawa and Ubin with Youth Corps Singapore

I had a wild time with enthusiastic youths at Chek Jawa for the YCS Volunteer Engagement: Understanding Ubin's Natural Heritage.
Sharing Chek Jawa and Ubin with Youth Corps Singapore
I am inspired by their energy and their questions made me think more deeply. Thanks to Ng Jing Rou for organising the trip and letting me be a part of it.

16 June 2017

Large fish traps in Singapore waters

An otter was found dead in a large fish trap on 14 Jun 2017 at Marina Reservoir.
Photo from Goverment Press Release, 16 Jun 17;
These traps are very commonly seen on Singapore shores, including shores where otters have been sighted.

Oil spill off Pulau Tekong in Johor waters 15 Jun 2017

An oil tanker MT Putri Sea sank in Johor waters off Pulau Tekong, after an explosion on board on 15 Jun 2017 before dawn.
Location of incident from TODAY
When authorities arrived at the accident area, the tanker not in sight, "but there were traces of an oil spill in the area". Earlier reports said the tanker was believed to be carrying 'crude oil', later amended to 'fuel'. So far, no updates on what was spilled, how much and what was done about the spill.

14 June 2017

Changi six months after the oil spill

These Changi shores were impacted six months ago by the 300-tonne oil spill in the East Johor Strait, My last survey of this series of shores was in May 2017, five months after the oil spill.
Spoon seagrass (Halophila ovalis)
The seagrasses appear fine, I saw some of the usual animals, although the shore is less lively than usual. I also checked out Changi Creek, the mangroves up the Creek and shores at Carpark 3. I did not see any signs of massive oil spill impact.

13 June 2017

Return to Terumbu Raya after mass coral bleaching

We return to this submerged reef for the first time since it suffered from mass coral bleaching.
Living reefs of Terumbu Raya, Jun 2017
It was a relief to see most of the corals were alright, but some of the corals had white patches. The tide was a little too high to get a good look at the reef edge, but I didn't see some of more spectacular large corals and large anemones that I used to see in the past.


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