7 Fun Facts about Marine Life at Marina at Keppel Bay
We bet you didn’t know…
1. Corals require an optimized environment to thrive! By that we mean a place that has clean water, current flow, and great sunlight! Our suspension bridge and floating pontoons hence make an excellent place for the corals to live and grow!
2. Corals are animals! So unlike plants, they do not make their own food and thus resides in water where food gets carried to them by the current flow!
3. Like corals, sea sponges are also animals! They have pores to filter water for food and oxygen. SpongeBob is created after a yellow sea sponge species known as Aplysina fistularis.
4. Hawksbill turtles feed on sponges to and removes them from the coral reefs which help keep reefs healthy! We have a Hawksbill resident here at Marina at Keppel Bay as well and it often greets our divers and snorkelers when they explore the water down under!
5. Corals are colourful but did you know that their colour pigments act as a layer of sunscreen to filter harmful UV rays! However, too much sunlight can still result in the bleaching of corals (they turn white in colour) which is a sign of them dying.
6. On the other hand, there are 3 main seaweed categories! They can be green, red or brown in colour. Regardless, they all contain chlorophyll which allows for photosynthesis to take place!
7. Human activities can have a great impact on marine life! At Marina at Keppel Bay, we provide pump-out facilities for all vessels so sewage will not be discharged directly into the waters. Boat owners also use biodegradable washing liquids when cleaning.
While the marine life thrives at our marina, the coral reef around the world is being impacted by climate change and human activities. Forbes has estimated that up to 90% of the existing coral reefs will disappear in 20 years’ time. You can help by making small changes to your daily routines and leading a low impact lifestyle!
See it for yourself!
A picture speaks a thousand words, but nothing beats seeing the marine life up close for yourself! With over 270m of thriving marine life, most divers are lucky enough to spot horseshoe crabs and be greeted by the hawksbill turtle!
So come on and join Cuddlefish Divers for their snorkel or dive tours!
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