Feb 10, 2013

Berlayar Creek (9 Feb 2013)

The narrow stretch of seagrasses along the eastern edge of the Berlayar Creek boardwalk is still there!
On a wet Lunar New Year Eve, Andy and I monitored this shore. Besides Spoon seagrasses, there were also two small patches of Tape seagrass in deeper water.

Although there were some bare patches of sand and rock, much of the shore had good coverage of Spoon seagrasses (Halophila ovalis).
Among the seagrasses were little hermit crabs and snails and also carpet anemones. The seagrasses seem alright and not much better or worse than at our last monitoring in Apr 2012.
How nice to come across two clumps of Tape seagrass (Enhalus acoroides) in deeper water.
 The clumps were flowering! These white blossoms are female flowers.
There were some small creatures on the shore including some common snails, a few Fan shells (Pinna sp.), small clumps of the tough Zebra coral (Oulastrea crispata) , and a few sponges. This is, however, a pale shadow of the shore before the boardwalk was built. I saw a lot more on this trip in Apr 2009.
Andy and I also removed lots of golfballs and observed some other threats to this shore. Hopefully, the shore will recover over time, and seagrass monitoring will help us keep track of the situation. More about our trip on the wild shores of singapore blog.

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