Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum

Pulau Jong

Description

One of the many islands found on the southern part of Singapore, Pulau Jong is a tiny, uninhabited island located off the northeastern coast of Pulau Semakau. The name means "junk" in Malay due to the resemblance of this island to a Chinese junk when it is low tide. There is a myth that the island was formed when a Chinese junk was turned into stone.

Resembling a mound jutting out from the sea, the small island has cliffs along its edges, with vegetation found growing on parts of the cliffs. Plants that can be found here include the Delek Air (Memecylon edule) and Resam (Dicranopteris sp.). Sedimentary rocks which are eroded also form caves. At high tide, the rocky shores of the island is submerged, exposing only the cliffs around the island.

The island is surrounded by extensive fringing reefs, a band lining the island's shore covering an area greater than the island itself. The coral reefs here support rich marine biodiversity, such as the Blue-spotted Fantail Ray (Taeniura lymma), the Black-tipped Reef Shark (Carcharhinus melanopterus), and a rare species of giant clams Tridacna maxima. Parts of the reef flat are exposed during low tide. Some divers would visit the reefs here, though the sea currents around the island can be strong.

Getting there

There are no regular ferries to the island. One has to charter a boat and travel from Marina South Pier or Pasir Panjang Ferry Terminal. Some people who kayak also start from Labrador Park.

Other Resources

Tan, R. Wild Shores of Singapore. http://wildshores.blogspot.com/. (Accessed December 2011).

References

Ng, P. K. L., R. T. Corlett & H. T. W. Tan (eds.), 2011. Singapore Biodiversity. An Encyclopedia of the Natural Environment and Sustainable Development, Editions Didier Millet, Singapore, 552 pp.

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