|A big orange beacon marks the Terumbu.|
This tiny submerged reef is among the last that we have yet to explore. It lies just off Pulau Tekukor and near the Sisters Islands and St. John's Island. According to Infopedia by the National Library of Singapore, "the word "selegie" is believed to be a Malay word that refers to a wooden spear sharpened and hardened by fire. There is also a Bugis pirate race known as Orang Selegie."
The reef is mainly a rocky shore.
|On the horizon is Sentosa, with the tall buildings on the mainland.|
Frilly anemones (Phymanthus sp.) of all kinds of colours and patterns.
Giant carpet anemones (Stichodactyla gigantea). I was delighted to find a Three-spot dascyllus (Dascyllus trimaculatus) in one of them. Kok Sheng first saw one of these on Cyrene Reef. The juveniles of these fishes are said to be often seen living in large sea anemones, sea urchins, or branching corals. When they grow up, the adults are found in pairs or small groups around coral mounds or rocks.
|Also living in the sea anemone, a pair of anemone shrimps!|
Phyllidiella pustolosa. There were many Elegant banded creeper snails in the sand. Ivan and Kok Sheng found a strange cowrie under the stones. While the rest also saw octopus.
Pore corals (Porites sp.) with many large and small colonies, most of them were not bleached.
Favid corals (Family Faviidae), but these were not as plentiful as they usually are on our other shores.
Horn corals (Hydnophora sp.), a kind of coral I don't often see.
Acropora coral (Acropora sp.) and one small boulder shaped Sandpaper coral (Psammocora sp.) which I don't often encounter.
Anemone coral (Goniopora sp.) and several encrusting Montipora corals (Montipora sp.) as well as several encrusting Disk corals (Turbinaria sp.).
Leathery soft corals (Family Alcyoniidae), although there were only one or two colonies of each kind. I also saw a few colonies of Blue corals (Heliopora coerulea).
feathery soft corals too.
zoanthids (Order Zoanthidea).
sponges on the shore, especially the encrusting and ball shaped ones.
seaweeds. As usual, there were lots of green seaweeds.
Posts by others who came on this trip
- Kok Sheng with a video clip of the Three-spot dascyllus, heart urchin and the strange cowrie.
- Mei Lin with lots of nudis and more!
- James with anemones, nudis, ribbon worm, echinoderms and more.
- Russel on facebook with lots of colourful photos.
- Rene on facebook with interesting fishes, spider, sponge crab and more.
- Jerome on facebook with lots of landscape and other sightings.