Seringat-Kias was created by reclaiming the submerged reefs of Seringat and Kias. One of the touted features on this island is the C-shaped 1km long artificial lagoon. Here's more about what was done to create Seringat-Kias.
Today I noticed a concrete path had been laid out towards Lazarus Island. It wasn't there when I last visited in Apr 10. We took this to have a quick look at the coastal forest and natural reefs of Lazarus Island.
Apr 10. While there were still some Common sea stars (Archaster typicus) , there were a lot more Bazillion snails (Batillaria zonalis). There seemed to be more Spoon seagrasses (Halophila ovalis) and Needle seagrass (Halodule sp.) on the shore too.
Dubious nerites (Clithon oulaneinsis), and I saw a Cat's ear pyramid snail (Otopleura auriscati). While I saw several sand collars, I saw only one moon snail. The only sea anemone I saw was a Peachia sea anemone (Peachia sp.). I did see any Plain sea anemones that I saw in Jun 09.
Ghost crabs (Ocypode cerathophthalmus)! They scuttled all over the sand and plunged into the waves when alarmed, or buried themselves rapidly into the wet sand.
Moon crabs (Asthoret lunaris) in the shallow water. This pair seems ready to be mate.
Tongue-sole (Family Cynoglossidae).
Gold-spotted mudskippers (Periophthalmus chrysospilos). By the time we got to the lagoon, it was totally dark, so it was much easier to sneak up to these lively fishes.
Laganum sand dollars (Laganum depressum) but alas, only encountered dead skeletons. The last time I saw these sand dollars alive on this shore was in Jun 09. But there were many Cake sand dollars (Arachnoides placenta) on the sandy shore.
sea fan! Wow, it's amazing what can grow on our shores!
I also had a look at the coastal forest and natural reefs of Lazarus Island.
More background on Seringat-Kias and Lazarus
- Fate of the Southern Islands on the wildflims blog.
- Lazarus: hoping for a resurrection on the wildfilms blog.
- Origin of the name "Lazarus Island" on the compressed air junkie blog.
Posts by others on this trip