|Kusu reef with Singapore's cityscape in the distance.|
I did not visit Kusu Island for the temples but to check the reefs. It was 2 years since I last checked this beautiful reef with cityscape view. The blog post of my previous trip to Kusu is here.
Unfortunately, one of the lagoons on Kusu Island was hit by oil spill resulted from the collision of two vessels nearby. The details on the impact of the oil spill can be found in a separate blog post.
The reef was rather quiet today but I did see some animals and checked the various types of corals on the reef.
Kusu Island is one location that I know of with plenty of magnificent anemone (Heteractis magnifica) but they seemed to be lesser of them as compared to my previous visit.
|Large clusters of magnificent anemone|
|First shrimp spotted.|
|A five-spot anemone shrimp couple.|
The bigger shrimp is female.
|Fan worm 1|
|Fan worm 2|
|Ornate leaf slug|
|Dawn flatworm (Pseudobiceros uniarborensis)|
|Damawan flatworm (Pseudobiceros damawan)|
|Damawan flatworm swimming|
In the lagoon, near the sea wall on the right, there was dying quoy's halfbeak (Hyporhamphus quoyi). It was not very active and keeps floating to its side.
|Right side view|
|Closer look at its jaw. |
The halfbeak has a much longer lower jaw than the upper jaw.
|Unknown coral 1|
|Lettuce coral (Pavona sp.)|
|Branching anchor corals (Euphyllis paraancora)|
|Galaxy coral (Galaxea sp.)|
|Branching montipora coral (Montipora sp.) ?|
|Unknown plate coral|
|Unknown coral 2|
|Coral reefscape at Kusu Island|
|Magnificent anemone attached itself to the side of the mattress|
|Dumped mattress breaking off, revealing the springs used.|
|Mattress springs spread out along the reef.|
|Mattress sheets covering corals|
|Some kind of bedside drawers with wheels.|
It is upsetting that our beautiful reef is being treated in such manner. There were mattresses dumped all over Kusu Island. All of them are already being encrusted with animals. Furthermore, the mattress sheets could be soaking and absorbing the bunker oil that reached Kusu Island, resulting in slow release of the oil in the long term?
Kok Sheng managed to cover most of the reef around the island and he found more other items being dumped. Read more from his blog post here.