A glorious day on Cyrene Reef! I was out with Siti and her colleagues to do seagrassy stuff there.
Here's the first dinghy load heading out to Cyrene, all pumped up to get some seagrass stuff done!
the recent fire at the refineries there, and I didn't see any flaring there today.
Drills (Family Muricidae) have already settled on them. Drills are aptly named as they can drill a hole through barnacle shells! Too bad there weren't enough Drills to get rid of ALL the barnacles!
Common sea stars (Archaster typicus) mating, and lots of small ones too!
White sea urchins (Salmacis sp.) and we found one Remarkable sea cucumber (Holothuria notabilis). Cyrene is echinoderm heaven and in many ways, like the Chek Jawa of the South.
snapping shrimp (Family Alpheidae)! It snapped at me when I snapped it with my camera...haha lame seashore joke.
button snail (Umbonium vestiarium). I have no idea what moon snails these are. Are they juveniles of some common snail? Cyrene always surprises me on every trip!
Grey bonnet snail (Phalium glaucum) as it got dark. I'm surprised at how quickly they emerge after sunset! While these snails can be commonly encountered on Cyrene, they are rarely seen elsewhere in Singapore. I'm constantly amazed at the marvellous marine life found in this submerged reef in the middle of the Industrial Triangle!
Dredging has been going on 24/7 near Cyrene since Apr 2010 and is expected to continue to the end of the year and possibly longer. Here's more about how dredging can affect marine life.
massive Pasir Panjang Container Terminal reclamation site which has been going on for years.
Tomorrow, more trips with Siti! Seagrass work is tiring but fun!