I came across several patches of Skinny sea fans (Order Gorgonacea).
Hoplodoris nodulosa on the jetty legs!
Thordisa villosa! It has a distinctive yellow foot. The rest of the team also saw some other nudibranchs.
a year ago, the rocks were rather bare and quiet. Today, the rocks and shores were coated in a thick layer of nest mussels (Musculista senhousia). Forming a thin beige carpet with folds over almost all surfaces at and below the low water mark. This carpet was dotted with many little to small Green mussels (Perna viridis). On the carpet were many busy Drill snails (Family Muricidae) which looked like they were feeding on the nest mussels.
sponges of different kinds on the rocks.
Black sea urchins (Temnopleurus sp.) everywhere today.
blob ascidians. I have no idea if they are all actually ascidians, and if they are the same kind of ascidians.
Burgundy anemones (Bunodosoma goanese) that first brought me to this shore, after Mei Lin, Kok Sheng and James shared about finding them. Today, I noticed that most of them had their 'lips' extended in a kind of frilly shape. Some of them also had a bluish oral disk.
Haddon's carpet anemones (Stichodactyla haddoni) with tiny anemone shrimps, a smaller carpet anemone and another carpet anemone which might be the Giant carpet anemone (Stichodactyla gigantea).
Ball-tip corallimorphs and a small patch of something which might be zoanthids.
Ovum cowries (Cypraea ovum).
Swimming crabs (Family Portunidae) of all kinds, lots of Stone crabs (Myomenippe hardwicki) and we saw several tiny Sponge crabs (Family Dromiidae) carrying ascidians as a disguise.
shrimps of all kinds everywhere!
gobies as well as small cardinalfishes.
There were several Crown sea stars (Asterina coronata) of all colours and patterns on the rocks!
synaptid sea cucumbers (Family Synaptidae) draped over them.
Worm snails (Family Vermitidae) are molluscs build tubular shells stuck on hard rocks and like other snails, have tentacles and a 'door' or operculum to seal the shell opening.
Halophila decipiens. But we'll let Siti have a look.
Tomorrow, more exploration at an ungodly hour!
Posts by others on this trip
- Mei Lin with slugs, fishies and more.
- Pei Yan with eggy and feathery critters.
- Kok Sheng with colourful marine life.