I came across a patch of many Common sea stars (Archaster typicus) and almost every one of them were clasped in pairs, their 'mating' position. Usually, I might see a population with some or even many in this position. But this is the first time I've seen a situation with almost every individual in this position.
Tongue mushroom corals (Herpolitha sp.)! In particular, there were many healthy looking colonies of Anemone corals (Goniopora sp.).
Carpet eel-blennies (Congrogadus subducens), False scorpion fishes (Centrogenys vaigiensis) and other reef fishes. The rest of the team also saw some special fishes.
Batfish (Platax sp.). It was a challenge getting a nice shot of it in the rather murky water.
Barrel sponge (Xestospongia testudinaria), which looks different from the more common Yellow pot sponge (Rhabdastrella globostellata).
Painted sand star (Astropecten sp.). While these sea stars are common in the North, this is the first time we've seen an Astropecten in the South. Unfortunately, we couldn't find the Knobbly sea star (Protoreaster nodosus) that we saw here in Oct 2011. Kok Sheng also found a Clear sundial snails (Architectonica perspectiva). Rarely seen elsewhere, they seem rather common here!
Spoon seagrasses (Halophila ovalis), there are also some clumps of long Tape seagrass (Enhalus acoroides). Amazing to have these meadows just minutes from the Singapore's central business district!
Bubble green seaweeds (Boergensenia forbesii). I'm wondering why some of the bubbles are 'empty'. I've read that a kind of sea slug lives inside the bubble and eats the seaweed. But no luck finding the slug today.
Port Marine Notice of the drilling operation.
Posts by others about this trip
- Russel on facebook with lots of photos and video clips.
- Kok Sheng with lots of photos of nudis, corals and other special marine life.
- Jerome on facebook: awesome sunrise shots and more.
- Rene on facebook with great shots of marine life and landscapes.
- James with close ups of slugs and other curious critters.