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A Treasure to Behold

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Text by Chua Sek Chuan and Shawn Lum
Photos by Leong Kwok Peng

Sponges Galore

An enormous variety of sponges is found exposed at very low tidal conditions at the outer edge of the sandy mudflat at Tanjung Chek Jawa.

They come in various growth forms like encrustation, branch, tubular and barrel. Their colour ranges from dull brown, green to blue and purple.

Spongers are very efficient filter feeders and can pump water four to five times their own volume every minute.

These are but just a sampling of the amazing diversity of sponges at Chek Jawa.

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