Sentosa had kindly arranged for me to visit in May. The tide was rather high then but I got a glimpse of a really exciting shore. A large team returned today during a lower tide and at night. We hope to see more of this shore! Kok Sheng found a red feather star (Class Crinoidea) almost as soon as we stepped on the shore!
Favid corals (Family Faviidae).
Anemone corals (Goniopora sp.), some of them forming large clusters. Also many patches of Small Goniopora corals (Goniopora sp.). As well as many large and well formed Disk coral (Turbinaria sp.) of various kinds.
Cauliflower corals (Pocillopora sp.) and some large Sandpaper coral (Psammocora sp.). All those I saw seemed unbleached. This is great as these two species were badly affected during the coral bleaching last year.
Anchor corals (Family Euphyllidae) as these were badly affected during the coral bleaching event last year.
Ridged coral (Merulina sp.), something I don't often see.
Brain corals (Family Mussidae).
Acropora corals (Acropora sp.). Later on, I found out that the rest of the team saw very VERY large colonies of Acropora corals! Something we don't often see except at places like Raffles Lighthouse!
Montipora corals (Montipora sp.). There were also many small colonies of branching Montipora corals.
Carnation coral (Pectinia sp.) and Lettuce coral (Pavona sp.) which are also not very commonly seen.
Mole mushroom corals (Polyphyllia sp.).
Galaxy coral (Galaxea sp.).
leathery soft corals (Family Alcyoniidae) in various colours and shapes.
flowery soft corals (Family Nephtheidae) that formed an underwater garden. Some of them are very colourful, and as Kok Sheng mentions, reminds us of the shores at Tuas.
Phyllidiella pustolosa nudibranchs.
Phyllidieila nigra which secretes a white substance when it's disturbed. Shao Wei saw an octopus, but I was too slow to take a photo of it.
Black spotted flatworms (Acanthozoon sp.) which are not uncommon on our reefs.
Barrel sponges (Xestospongia testudinaria) on the shore.
Synaptid sea cucumber (Family Synaptidae) on the sponge when I got home to process the photos!
Frilly anemone (Phymanthus sp.) with smooth tentacles, which I don't often encounter.
Magnificent anemones (Heteractis magnifica), at least six that I could see. By that time, the tide was coming in and it was hard to see if there were any anemonefishes in them. But I thought I saw a flash of at least one anemone fish.
Giant carpet anemone (Stichodactyla gigantea) near them and I managed to get a bad blurry shot of a tiny anemonefish in it.
that such 'anemonefish anemones' can live for 100 years or more. Plus the presence of many large hard coral colonies, I'm getting the feeling that this shore is quite old and has many marine creatures that might have been here for a very long time.
The rest of the team will soon share what they saw. The Serapong shore is very long. Although we spread out and tried to cover it as best as we could, it would be great to come back again to have a better look.
At sunrise, a large container ship in on the horizon near the shore while lies opposite the container terminals on the mainland.
the Sentosa reefs that were reclained for the Resorts World integrated resort. Here's more photos of what was lost to reclamation.
So it's good to know about the lovely reefs at Serapong. And even more heartening to know that there are people like Shao Wei, Xi Lin, Sheila and Sylvester who care about them!
High resolution photos of this trip are on wildsingapore flickr.
Tomorrow is the last in a series of exhausting field trips. Back to Changi!
Posts by others on this trip
- Kok Sheng with stunningly huge acropora corals and other amazing sightings.
- Mei Lin with more marine critters including seagrasses!
- Jerome on facebook with lots of colourful marine life.
- James with more giant corals and other critters.
- Chay Hoon with colourful nudis, crabs, fishies and more.
- Ivan on facebook with spider conch and other interesting finds.