Tanjung Kupang

July 2014

Johor Green
Aug 15, 2014 · 4 min read

There were no Seahorses today.

The area is being affected by the Pelepas development 2km away started 2 years ago and more recently the controversial Forest City land reclamation that started this February and has now been temporarily halted. Have a look at the photos to see both how wonderful our environmental heritage is here in Johor and how sad that it is being threatened so drastically — including the heritage occupations of the Johorians that live in this area.

On the way there:

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The Sungai Pendas Jetty at dawn
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Traditional Kelong against backdrop of industrial Singapore
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We arrive at at the Sea Grass patch

We start looking for seahorses

This is what we found:

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Thorny Sea Cucumber
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Biscuit Star
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Pipe Worm
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Sea Urchin
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Sea Anenome
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Noble Volute
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Peacock Anemone
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Red Seaweed
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Sand starfish
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Tape Seagrass + Fern Seagrass

There is an unusually high amount of seaweed (in relation to sea grass) due to a high amount of nutrient levels released by land disturbance.

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Fan Shell
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Sea urchin
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Knobbly Sea Star
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The water is noticeably murky and the sea grass is covered with silt- a recent development
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We can see the reclamation work for Forest City that has divided the sea grass patch into two

The tide has risen- time to leave.

No seahorses were found.

Last visit only 4 were sighted.

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On our way home we see the floating fish farms — some with dogs guarding the fish. Some have been abandoned as the fish deaths from the recent red tide have decimated some businesses.

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At the Sg Pendas Jetty there are fishermen selling flower crabs.

Fishmonger on the jetty selling local catch. Development will remove these traders.

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Blue crabs, their numbers are dwindling

At the debriefing we were told that SOS has been collecting data for 10 years. Since the development of Pelepas 2 km away — there has been significant change, since february when the forest city development started — the changes have increased.

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