Sentosa has a stretch of natural reefs, seagrass meadows and magnificent cliffs cloaked in rare coastal forests.
How nice to see a tiny Copperband butterflyfish (Chelmon rostratus).
Peacock sole (Pardachirus pavoninus)! My first sighting for Sentosa!
Shao Wei stepped on a stonefish here earlier this year. This fish is just a Painted scorpionfish (Parascorpaena picta). Phew.
Tropical silversides (Atherinomorus duodecimalis) and some tiny False scorpionfish (Centrogenys vaigiensis).
octopuses came out! Hurray!
swimming crabs of all kinds (Family Portunidae), and I saw one very large Mud crab (Scylla sp.)! I only saw one Red egg crab (Atergatis integerrimus) and one Hairy crabs (Family Pilumnidae).
black spotted hermit crab (Clibanarius viriscens). How nice to see it again.
Giant top shell snail (Trochus niloticus) that I found on the high shore. It has a bright orange 'door' with concentric circles, and a rather gaudy 'face'.
Ovum cowrie (Cypraea ovum) and several Elegant banded creeper snails.
mass coral bleaching in 2010. And I have a sense that most of the corals didn't survive.
Pore hard coral (Porites sp.). Most were medium sized (about 20cm in diameter) with many much smaller ones. Some were pinkish or pale, but most were a nice healthy brown.
Favid coral (Family Faviidae). There were also some Small goniopora corals (Goniopora sp.) and I saw one rather twisted Disk coral (Turbinaria sp.).
Leathery soft coral (Family Alcyoniidae), and several small clumps of feathery soft corals.
Frilly anemones (Phymanthus sp.) of all kinds.
Yellow many-coned sponge (Spheciospongia sp.), Smooth blue sponge (Lendenfeldia cf. chondrodes), Yellow prickly branching sponge (Pseudoceratina purpurea), Melted chocolate sponge (Chondrilla australiensis), Blue jorunna sponge (Neopetrosis sp.) and Daisy sponge (Coelocarteria singaporensis). As well as Chocolate sponges (Spheciospongia cf. vagabunda).
Tape seagrass (Enhalus acoroides) seems chomped. But in other parts, they were nice and long.
Sargassum seaweed (Sargassum sp.) was not yet in full bloom on this shore. There was just as much Hairy green seaweed (Bryopsis sp.) as Sargassum seaweed. There was also a sprinkling of other kinds of seaweeds including: Mermaid's fan (Padina sp.), Neomeris sp, Parvocaulis parvulus and more.
Raffles' pitcher plants (Nepenthes rafflesiana) which is listed as Vulnerable.
Delek air (Memecylon edule) which is fruiting! And lots and lots of Sea Teak (Podocarpus polystachyus). The two Nyireh trees (Xylocarpus rumphii) found here looked fine. But they were not flowering or fruiting.
massive reclamation works for the new Pasir Panjang Container Terminal.