A small team heads out to monitor the seagrasses of Chek Jawa this bright sunny morning.
Sea lettuce seaweed!
As we walk on the boardwalk we notice the meadows of Smooth ribbon seagrass (Cymodocea rotundata) have spread out extensively! This seagrass is so far only seen in large numbers on Chek Jawa and Cyrene Reef. There are also some patches of it on the oil-slicked Tanah Merah shore.
Smooth ribbon seagrass (Cymodocea rotundata) have grown into Site 1. How exciting!
Fern seagrass (Halophila spinulosa). Of course, there are lots of Spoon seagrasses (Halophila ovalis) too.
Spoon seagrasses (Halophila ovalis). Bleaching results when seagrasses lose their chlorophyll. This happens when they are stressed. I'm not sure what is causing the stress to them.
Fern seagrasses (Halophila spinulosa).
Spoon seagrasses (Halophila ovalis). I saw these burnt seagrasses on various parts of the shores including the area near the beacon, as well as near the Southern tip of Chek Jawa.
Sickle seagrass (Thalassia hemprichii) near Site 2. Oh dear.
Nevertheless, we saw lots of interesting marine life at Chek Jawa.
It was great to have on the Team today: Andy, Ivan, Yen Ling, Richard, Kok Sheng, Marcus, Joo Yong, Chay Hoon, Sean, Eta, Gaytri, Puva, Yifeng, Gladys, Sue. Thanks to Wei Ling and Siti for making all the arrangements and doing the briefings!
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