Tripletail (Lobotes surinamensis)! This fish behaves just like a floating leaf in the water. I last saw these fishes here in 2009, before the May 2010 oil spill.
I'm not sure what fish this is. I saw a similar fish at Kusu Island recently. It changed colours very rapidly.
|Mystery fish no. 1|
|Mystery fish no. 2|
halfbeaks (Family Hemiramphidae) today. This one has a broad 'nose'.
resemble twigs. Some were shorter and skinnier with less developed 'beaks'. Are they all the same kind of fish?
Needlefish (Family Belonidae).
Chocolate hind (Cephalopholis boenak).
Painted scorpionfishes (Parascorpaena picta). Also many False scorpionfishes (Centrogenys vaigiensis) which are actually groupers. When they are next to one another, it's easier to tell them apart.
Hollow-cheeked stonefish (Synanceia horrida) is one fish that has not disappeared since the oil spill.
Seagrass filefish (Acreichthys tomentosus) that I've been seeing on this shore even after the oil spill.
|Mystery fish no. 3|
Pygmy squid (Ideosepius sp.) happily hunting on the sand. This tiny animal doesn't grow any bigger! I also came across a few larger squids (Family Loliginidae). One looked like it was hurt.
Saron shrimps (Family Hippolytidae) today. But only managed to take a good photo of this one. These shy creatures quickly slide into hiding at the first glance of torchlight.
Flower crabs (Portunus pelagicus), and many small Swimming crabs (Family Portunidae) of all kinds. I saw some Spotted moon crabs (Ashtoret lunaris) and one medium-sized Stone crabs (Myomenippe hardwicki). The sea walls were crawling with small Purple climber crabs (Metopograpsus sp.). There were lots of Red nose shrimps (Periclimenes sp.) and many Blue-tailed prawns (Family Penaeidae).
White spotted hermit crabs (Dardanus megistos). There were also some Banded hermit crabs and many Striped hermit crabs (Clibanarius infraspinatus). I couldn't find any Land hermit crabs (Coenobita sp.) on the high shore.
Common sea stars (Archaster typicus) today. They were close to one another and all seemed alright.
Anemone corals (Goniopora sp.) and Flowery disk coral (Turbinaria sp.).
Pore corals (Porites sp.) that were still a little pale.
Favid corals (Family Faviidae). At night, those which remain submerged have their tentacles nicely expanded.
Circular mushroom corals (Family Fungidae) are still there!
Encrusting disk coral (Turbinaria sp.).
Peachia anemones (Peachia sp.) and a burrowing anemone. I didn't see any Frilly anemones (Phymantus sp.).
Button zoanthids or colonial anemones (Zoanthus sp.) on the shore.
Smooth ribbon seagrass (Cymodocea rotundata) were doing well, with long blades mostly clean of growths. The Haddon's carpet anemones (Stichodactyla haddoni) that have settled among these seagrasses are also still doing well although I saw fewer today and didn't see Five-spot anemone shrimps (Periclimenes brevicarpalis) in any of them. I checked up two clumps of Tape seagrass (Enhalus acoroides) which seemed alright. The patch of Sickle seagrass (Thalassia hemprichii) seems alright. Oops, I forgot to look out for the Spoon seagrass (Halophila ovalis).
Mermaid's fan (Padina sp.) and crunchy pom pom seaweed that was growing on ropes and extensively on rockier parts of the shore. With small clumps of various other kinds of seaweeds.
Acorn worms (Class Enteropneusta) producing long coils of 'processed sand'. Most of the coils are clean but a few have dark to very dark sand.
spill of plastic on the high shore.
More about the oil spill on this blog and on the Oil spill facebook page.