World Oceans Day @ Tanjong Rimau

World Ocean’s Day was on 8 June, and I very happily spent my morning at Tanjong Rimau, with Walks of Life. Walks of Life is a student group in RJC that we started when we were students, the small group of us that were interested in Nature and sharing our knowledge with others. I’m glad it’s continuing into its second year, and hopefully many years to come!

But anyway, Tanjong Rimau is a short stretch of original rocky shore on Sentosa, a relatively unknown beach on the famed tourist destination. It actually stretches around the bend of the Western end of Sentosa (if I’m not wrong), so one access point is from Rasa Sentosa Resort and the other end is at Underwater World Singapore.

It is a neat little place, one of few original coastline and rocky shore in Singapore. I first knew of the place when I went there for seagrass monitoring with Team Seagrass. Here, there aren’t huge meadows of seagrass, unlike Semakau or Chek Jawa. There are only patches of seagrass, and mostly the Spoon seagrass (Halophila ovalis) or Tape seagrass (Enhalus acoroides), hardly much diversity. But it reminds me of Labrador beach, which is still closed to public access.

But since the last time I’ve been there (sometime last year), Tanjong Rimau did seem to have deteriorated in condition somewhat. It was difficult to access the shore for about a year or so, when Rasa Sentosa blocked off access due to renovation works. This should be good news for the shore, since it would have given time for the shore to recover unhindered by direct human impact. But I guess the dredging works and construction works and all sorts of happenings around the area wasn’t much good for the shore either. There were much fewer coral boulders than what I remembered from my previous trip.

But enough with the words, shall let the photos speak for the shore.

Onchidium slug

Another onch slug

A reef bristleworm?

Another kind of bristleworm (Class polychaeta)

Ornate leaf slug (Elysia ornata)

Wandering cowrie (Cypraea errones)

Spoon seagrass (Halophila ovalis)

Long black sea cucumber? (Holothuria sp.)

Plain frilly anemone (Phymanthus sp.)

Fan worm (Family Sabellidae)

Zoanthids aka Colonial anemones

Red-eyed reef crab (Eriphia ferox)

Carpet anemone (Stichodactyla sp.)

And then the most exciting find of the day…

The others were shouting stonefish before we went over to take a look. But it didn’t quite look like one.

We concluded it was a scorpionfish..

Then we walked over to the Underwater World side of Tanjong Rimau, where it was more of a sandy bay than rocky shore.

The UWS side of Tanjong Rimau

The sandy area seemed to have grown larger since the last time I went down. And the sand seemed to have become coarser. Not good :/

Where there was once many carpet anemones, I only saw one on the shore.

Carpet anemone

Close up of anemone tentacles

A gravid female crab

We also saw a couple of other crabs and stuff.

In all, it was a nice revisit to Tanjong Rimau. I really miss school and the activities I used to partake in. Though it is still nice to be invited back and be able to go for them (:

It was quite sad though, in some sense, to see that they now seem more interested in taking photos, taking nice photos than in really appreciating the critters for what they are and their roles and stuff :/

Note: All photos except the two of the scorpion fish were taken by me. Those two photos were taken by Kuah Sing Yee, who had the patience to wait there for the water to clear to shoot.

About Jocelyne Sze

I'm a Nature-lover, aspiring conservationist, and wannabe traveller in search of outdoor adventure.
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