We are back on the hunt, this time at Pulau Hantu!
This is the curious sea anemone that we have been seeing on Pulau Hantu, and some of our other shores as well. Among ourselves, we call it the 'Hantuensis' although that is not its proper name. On Dr Daphne's previous trip some years ago, she had been looking for something like this, earlier described as possibly a new species. We didn't find 'Hantuensis' then, so it's nice to be able to show some to her during our trip today. It's hard to take a closer look at these nervous animals. But Nicholas and James managed to get one!
Frilly sea anemones (Phymanthus sp.) in many different patterns and colours! We also saw many Wiggly reef star anemones which are very shy. Dr Daphne also saw a Haddon's carpet anemone (Stichodactyla haddoni).
Kok Sheng also saw the Magnificent anemone (Heteractis magnifica), Giant carpet anemone (Stichodactyla gigantea), Bubble tip anemone (Entacmea quadricolor).
In the reefy areas, more NOT sea anemones that can confuse. The flowery polyps on the left belong to the Anemone hard coral (Goniopora sp.), while the roundish polyps of a Favid coral (Family Faviidae) may at first glance appear to be retracted anemones.
between Hantu Besar and Hantu Kecil. We hardly ever go here. I noticed there is good marine life here! In particular, many patches of branching corals!
Jorunna funebris nudibranchs!
mangrove trees that had settled naturally on the artificial seawalls of Pulau Hantu. Behind the wall, the refineries on Pulau Bukom with flaring.
Hantu Bloggers regularly dive at Pulau Hantu where they encounter all manner of amazing sea creatures. Ordinary people can join their dives to see our reefs for themselves!
Cyrene Reef yesterday.
Anthopleura dixoniana. Dr Daphne has just shared with me that some of them are entirely different and might be new records for Singapore! That's so exciting!
There is so much more to learn about our sea anemones!
This is the end of the low spring tides and thus no more anemone hunts. But the hunts resume when Dr Daphne's Sea Anemone Workshop starts (15-21 Jun). Ordinary people CAN join in as day participants to the workshop. Here's more information.
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