How delightful to see this fish on oil-slicked Tanah Merah, slightly a year after it was hit by the oil spill.
I did see the Brown-spotted moray eel (Gymnothorax reevesii) during my trip here in January, but didn't manage a shot of it then. The water was teeming with tiny fishes. Most numerous today were Bengal sergeants (Abudefduf bengalensis). I saw lots of these fishes too in the other lagoon that I visited earlier this week.
Ornate gobies (Istigobius ornatus). My swimming camera is not so good with fast moving critters, but I managed a blurry shot of the feisty little blue damselfish. I saw several of them. There were lots of larger fishes zooming about, too quickly for me to shoot. Others like this small Fringe-eyed flathead (Cymbacephalus nematophthalmus) were very well camouflaged!
last month. The large leathery soft coral (Family Alcyoniidae) is still there, and it seems fine.
Pore corals (Porites sp.) and Favid corals (Family Faviidae).
trip last month, today I saw many little colonies of Flowery disk coral (Turbinaria sp.)! Some were really tiny, with only a few polyps.
Thin disk corals (Turbinaria sp.).
Zebra coral (Oulastrea crispata). I also saw one colony of Cyphastrea sp.
Anemone corals (Goniopora sp.).
Brain coral (Family Mussidae).
Bracket mushroom coral with a little fan worm settling near it. Today I didn't see any Circular mushroom corals (Family Fungiidae).
Acropora coral (Acropora sp.) on the shore that I always come across is still there and doing fine. I also saw an encrusting plate Montipora coral (Montipora sp.).
Carnation coral (Pectinia sp.)!
Spotted hermit crab (Dardanus megistos) is not often seen on our shores.
Ghost crabs (Ocypode cerathophthalmus) out and about on the shore. As I was leaving, I came across several small Land hermit crabs (Coenobita sp.) on the high shore. I only saw a few small Swimming crabs (Family Portunidae) zooming away in shallow water over the sandy area.
Acorn worms (Class Enteropneusta). Today, however, I didn't come across any Common sea stars (Archaster typicus).
There are not as many Bazillion snails (Batillaria zonalis) here as on the other shore of Tanah Merah. Most of these were confined to the rockier areas of the intertidal. Burrowing in the sand were several of these Elegant banded creeper snails.
Oval moon snails (Polinices mammila).
Black-lipped conch snails (Strombus urceus). They seemed to be doing fine. I just love the big beady eyes on the conch snails!
Plain frilly sea anemones (Phymanthus sp.) and one of another kind that is usually found in sand. But I didn't come across any Haddon's carpet anemone (Stichodactyla haddoni) today.
Button zoanthids or colonial anemones (Zoanthus sp.).
Blue spatula sponge (Lamellodysidea herbacea). There were a few Thumbs up sea squirts (Polycarpa sp.) though most were covered in growths.
Ribbon jellyfish (Chrysaora sp.) that looked like it wasn't doing too well. This jellyfish is in season and has been sighted on other shores. Perhaps this one was at the end of its natural season?
Spoon seagrass (Halophila ovalis) which were very heavily covered in epiphytes. And also one small clump of Tape seagrass (Enhalus acoroides). The most abundant seaweed that I saw today was Mermaid's fan (Padina sp.) growing on the rocky areas. There were a few clumps of short strands of Sargassum seaweed (Sargassum sp.)
Gong-gong snails (Strombus turturella).
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