There is a natural reef at the Southern tip of Lazarus Island with some interesting surprises!
June 09 so I was keen to see how it was doing.
As we head out to Lazarus, we have a great view of Kusu Island, which also teems with marine life.
How nice to see a Spider conch (Lambis lambis)! Although colourful on the underside, it is very well camouflaged on the upper side. I saw it only because the water here was so clear!
Red feather star. This one was small and seems to have few arms.
Favid corals (Family Faviidae).
Pore hard corals (Porites sp.), I saw one Encrusting disk coral (Turbinaria sp.) and several colonies of Blue corals (Heliopora coerulea).
Marine spider (Desis martensi) which comes out at low tide to forage and hides in a little air-filled crevice in the reefs when the tide rises.
Giant carpet anemones (Stichodactyla gigantea). Alas, both had no clown anemonefishes.
Haddon's carpet anemones (Stichodactyla haddoni) with anemone shrimps. I also saw one Common peacock anemone.
Cake sand dollars (Arachnoides placenta) in the sandy areas, and I saw one Long black sea cucumber (Holothuria leucospilota), I didn't come across any other echinoderms on this reef.
Kok Sheng showed me the well camouflaged Dolphin shell snail (Angaria delphinus) and I saw the Elegant banded creeper snail that I've yet to figure out the ID of.
Giant reefworm (Eunice aphroditois) which snatched a mouthful of brown seaweed before retracting rapidly into its hiding place in the rubble.
Red ribbon worms.
Ornate leaf slug (Elysia ornata). These sap-sucking slugs are usually green. Perhaps this one hasn't sucked enough seaweed sap yet? There were lots of Hairy green seaweed (Bryopsis sp.) on the shore, with only some clumps of Sargassum seaweed (Sargassum sp.). There were also many other kinds of brown seaweed.
pink ascidian and feathery soft corals. I didn't come across other common soft corals though. Hmm.
man-made areas of Seringat-Kias before the tide ended. And encountered yet more surprises! Earlier, I also checked out the coastal forest on Lazarus Island.