Just as we arrived, it started to pour!!
how to distinguish among the Nerites commonly seen on our shores. The most abundant that I saw were Wave nerites (Nerita undata). There were also some Chamaleon nerites (Nerita chamaeleon) and near the low water mark, the limpet shaped Ox-tongue nerite (Nerita albicilla).
|Top: Waved nerites, middle: Chamaleon nerites, bottom: Ox-tongue nerites|
Dark drills (Semiricinula fusca) with a dark shell opening and white foot. And several large spiny drills.
|Left: Dark drills, right: Spiny drills|
|Left: Ribbed turban, right: Dwarf turban|
Broad zoanthids (Palythoa mutuki) and Sea mat zoanthids (Palythoa tuberculosa) growing on the rocks. These seemingly harmless animals contain powerful toxins to protect themselves. Another reason to be careful when handling rocks.
Giant carpet anemone (Stichodactyla gigantea) with a little Long black sea cucumber (Holothuria leucospilota) under it! First time I've seen the sea cucumber hide under an anemone. Alas, no 'Nemo's or anemoneshrimps were living on this anemone. But Russel found a Haddon's carpet anemone (Stichodactyla haddoni) with enormous shrimps in it.
red feather star (Order Crinoidea)! He found many more, as well as all kinds of other interesting marine life.
Leathery soft corals (Family Alcyoniidae) and they were not bleaching.
Frilly sea anemones (Phymanthus sp.) on the rocky shores and one Peachia anemone (Peachia sp.) in the sandy lagoon. Unfortunately, we didn't manage to visit Little Sisters during the bleaching event last year. But all seems well now. More about coral bleaching on Bleach Watch Singapore.
Black-lipped conch (Strombus urceus) and one Margined conch (Strombus marginatus sowerbyorum). I looked but didn't find any Common sea stars (Archaster typicus). Although we looked hard, we didn't come across the Clear sundial snail (Architectonica perspectiva) that we saw on our previous trip. James saw the Fluted giant clam (Tridacna squamosa) that we have seen here. I also saw a small patch of rather sad looking Tape seagrass (Enhalus acoroides), which was blooming.
|Left: Black-lipped conch, right: Margined conch|
Yellow-lipped sea krait (Laticauda colubrina) that everyone else saw! See their blogs for more photos and stories. We should try to revisit Little Sisters at a lower tide!
As usual, Russel brought snacks for a very hungry team after the trip. Yumm. Thanks also to Chay Hoon, Russel, Kok Sheng, James and Ivan for contributions to the boat fare.
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