The Merck volunteers are back out on the Tuas shore to monitor the seagrasses here! This wing of TeamSeagrass is led by Sheryl, who has been keeping this important work going for many years. Hurray!
Here's the team hard at work! In the distance is the green beacon, Merawang Beacon, which marks the start of the deep end of this Tuas shore, and Pulau Merambong which is part of Malaysia and has some awesome marine life.
Spoon seagrass (Halophila ovalis) and they seem to be doing well, although most are thickly covered in epiphytes. I didn't see large areas of burnt or bleaching seagrasses.
Mermaids' fan (Padina sp.).
Haddon's carpet anemones (Stichodactyla haddoni) on this shore. And they are all doing quite fine!
Big coin green seaweed (Halimeda sp.) with many small clumps of other kinds of seaweeds. I didn't see any seagrasses here. There is a band of bare sand between the seagrasses on the high shore and this band of seaweeds.
sponges, Thorny sea cucumbers (Colochirus quadrangularis), sea fans, a swimming anemone (Boloceroides mcmurrichi), fan worms (Family Sabellidae) and lots of Button zoanthids (Zoanthus sp.) and Sea mat zoanthids (Palythoa tuberculosa).
Common sea pen (Pteroides sp.).
More about what I saw during this trip on the wild shores of singapore blog.