TeamSeagrass monitoring trip and with Dr Daphne to look at the sea anemones there.
Later, as we checked out the mangroves for sea anemones, I came across the tracks of the otters! Smooth otters (Lutrogale perspicillata) have been sighted at Chek Jawa before, but this is my first time seeing them for myself. Andy has a video clip of the otters at Chek Jawa on his blog.
dugong feeding trails. Some of these furrows were quite close to the boardwalk. Does this mean we might get a glimpse of dugongs feeding at high tide from the boardwalk? Wow!
swimming crabs (Family Portunidae). I also saw one Spoon pincer crab (Leptodius sp.) and several Stone crabs (Myomenippe hardwicki).
Copperband butterflyfish (Chelmon rostratus), a Painted scorpionfish (Parascorpaena picta), several eeltail catfishes (Family Plotosidae), several Toadfishes (Family Batrachoididae) lurking under the rubble. Also some halfbeaks (Family Hemiramphidae) and many little gobies (Family Gobiidae).
Ball sea cucumbers were out of the ground (Phyllophorus sp.), some Orange sea cucumbers and many Thorny sea cucumbers (Colochirus quadrangularis).
Biscuit sea stars (Goniodiscaster scaber) large and small, and several Cake sea star (Anthenea aspera) including an orange one. I also saw some Plain sand stars (Astropecten sp.). Chay Hoon saw a small Knobbly sea star (Protoreaster nodosus). I didn't come across any sea urchins or any Common sea star (Archaster typicus).
Skinny sea fan encrusted with Tiny colourful brittlestars (Ophiothela danae). There was one Candelabra sea fan which was half dead.
flowery sea pen (Family Veretillidae). There were many cerianthids of various colours.
Blue-lined flatworm (Pseudoceros sp.). I also saw several fan worms (Family Sabellidae), both the brown banded ones and orange ones.
sponges. But the coral rubble is mostly bare of encrustations.
Pore hard coral (Porites sp.) and one small patch of Zebra coral (Oulastrea crispata).
October 2010. It has not recovered to what I remember it before the mass deaths in 2007 possibly due to high rainfall. This shore was also affected by the oil spill in May 2010. Hopefully, over time, it will recover to what I saw in 2002.
|The sponge encrusted coral rubble area in 2002|
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