Wednesday, July 4, 2007
Chek Jawa Recce @ 040707
A beautiful sunrise at Changi while Yikang and I left for Ubin.
Near the entrance of Jetty, we were enthrilled to see four of such Oriental Pied Hornbill (Anthracoceros albirostris).
And after a streneous and panting cycling for 20 mins, we finally made it to Chek Jawa. First stop is to check the coral rubble out and see if there's any changes.
The sponges seem to be coming back, more and more. Yay.
Look what's on YK's hand, a biscuit seastar. Let's hope the knobbly seastar will make a quick comeback.
The tubeworms are aplenty, Dr Dan :-)
Did not take many photos because it is a working trip. Checked out the cyanobacteria, they are still there. Yes, Ria, the oval thingy in between are mussels... thus the carpet of mussels like those found near Commando Jetty.
I wonder how come why they are still there? Do we have a lot of rain or freshwater input nowadays? Salinity checked today was around 27 plus. Hmmm...
This looks like the rare seagrass, Halophila beccarii, and also not. Can someone help me?
Update: Yes! Thks Ria for the confirmation and other info in the comments section :)
And that's a return ride back mainland after a hard day's work. Thanks to Yikang especially for his help. Appreciate it a lot!!! And also Choon Beng and other Nparks people.