I was back on Labrador today for the first time after the removal of the cofferdam and end to construction on the beach.
What a wonderful surprise to see the Toddycats on a shore exploration!
Justin was leading a very enthusiastic and eager group of students.
Shore Maestro Siva was sharing about crabs with another group.
While the irrepressible Oi Yee led another group further down the shore.Despite the pressures that the shores faced over the last year, there is still amazing marine life to thrill ordinary people. The seagrasses are still doing alright. With lots of Spoon seagrasses (Halophila ovalis) and Sickle seagrass (Thalassia hemprichii).As well as colourful seaweeds. The rocky shore was also covered with little snails.
An in a pool of water, were these lively little Crescent perch (Terapon jarbua).
Here's a closer look at these fishes.
But how is the shore doing now? Compared to the sad situation in Dec 07? (see Labrador Nature Reserve: Trashed?)
Well the big triangular concrete slab near the entrance at the seawall has been removed.
The big rectangular slabs have been removed .
The pile of large concrete pillars have been removed.
This area is covered in a thick layer of fine silt, with black smelly silt underneath that comes up when you step into it.
The cofferdam has been removed.
Some of the trash on the high shore where the cofferdam was has been removed.
We had a hard time moving a few of the rocks to look inside the hole, and what do we see inside?The green fencing is STILL THERE!We have to wonder about people who will expend energy to pile up rocks to conceal trash, instead of removing the trash...hmmm....
Past where the cofferdam was, the shore was strewn with dead corals.A closer look...We can only wonder what has happened to the corals that are underwater.
More works are ongoing near Labrador with reclamation at Sentosa and just next to Labrador works are ongoing for massive reclamation for the extension of the Pasir Panjang container terminal.In the distance today, are the line of silt traps laid out for the Pasir Panjang project.