20 May 2017

Expect delays at Changi bumboats during peak periods until 17 Sep 2017

Until 17 Sep, expect delays at peak periods at Changi Point Ferry Terminal as the pontoons there are being maintained.
Pontoon works at Changi Point Ferry Terminal
One of the pontoons removed for maintenance (21 May 2017)
From 17 May until 17 Sep, expect longer waiting time during peak periods due to pontoon works. During normal weekends, peak periods are around 8.30am to 12noon. For long weekends, peak periods may start ealier and last longer.

18 May 2017

Wild fun for kids during the June school holidays!

Exciting nature activities specially for kids are lined up for the coming school holidays! Free fun ways to discover and enjoy Singapore's biodiversity! Come for the Chek Jawa Open House, Festival of Biodiversity. Join night walks or nature camps, kids art workshop. Go kayaking with the kids, come for a kids' book launch.
Families are welcomed to volunteer at Pesta Ubin!
Here's Judy and her family who answered the call for volunteers!
Come for Pesta Ubin, Pulau Ubin Open House. Once a year only! Many Pesta Ubin activities are free of charge. Some do NOT require registration. Simply come to Pulau Ubin and join the fun! Find a Pesta Ubin activity that suits your schedule and interest! Don't say Bo Jio!

15 May 2017

Changi five months after the oil spill

For the first time, I survey these Changi shores at low spring tide. They were impacted five months ago by the 300-tonne oil spill in the East Johor Strait, My last survey of this series of shores was in Mar 2017 two months after the oil spill at a low neap tide which doesn't expose much of the shore..
Seagrass meadows at Changi Creek
At low spring tide, I could see more of the shore. The seagrasses are no longer bleaching! And 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.

14 May 2017

Checking up Beting Bemban Besar

We revisit this part of the huge reef for the first time since Jun 2016 when it was suffering from mass coral bleaching.
Living reefs of Beting Bemban Besar, May 2017
In Jun 2016, the survey team estimates about 50% of the hard corals we saw were bleaching, 50% for leathery soft corals and 10% for sea anemones.
This reef in Jun 2016 during mass coral bleaching.
Today, there was no mass coral bleaching, but many large corals had bleaching patches or dead patches. And the reefy areas appear to have been taken over by various seaweeds. But we did find interesting animals and there are seagrasses in the middle of the reef.

13 May 2017

Seagrassy at Terumbu Pempang Laut

We return to this submerged reef for the first time since Aug 2016, when it was hit by mass coral bleaching.
Living reefs of Terumbu Pempang Laut, May 2017
There are not many corals on this rocky submerged reef. In Aug 2016, we estimated about 20-30% of the hard corals are bleaching. About 20-40% of the leathery soft corals were bleaching. We estimate 20-30% of the corals have died recently.
Mass coral bleaching on Terumbu Pempang Laut in Aug 2016.
Today, it was a relief to see that most of the corals were no longer bleaching, although many corals look like they took a beating with large dead patches. The Giant clam is still alright, and seagrasses seem to be doing very well.

12 May 2017

Talk Rocks!

Natural rock formations on our shores often provoke wonder and questions. Now you can find out more about them from the downloadable "A Field Guide to the Geology of Singapore" by Grahame J. H. Oliver and Avijit Gupta on the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum website.
Rocky shores of Pulau Tekukor
Rocky shores at Pulau Tekukor overlooking
at the Central Business District.
The Guide takes a travel guide book-like excursion compendium approach and shares fascinating insights into some of our fascinating rocks.


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