Back with TeamSeagrass to monitor Cyrene, an amazing submerged reef in the middle of the industrial triangle.
Before we started our monitoring, we have a quick look at the amazing Knobbly sea stars that are abundant on this reef. Among them was a yellow spotted Pentaceraster sea star (Pentaceraster mammilatus).
a new record for Singapore!
Tape seagrass (Enhalus acoroides) on Cyrene are all still cropped short, with ends that are brown or bleached.
Aug 2012 below. Oh dear.
Dendrodoris nigra, which I've seen before at Cyrene.
Seagrass sea anemone that was much larger than those I've seen before. These pretty anemones have yet to be identified.
Polka-dotted sea anemone which has yet to be identified. We have seen this animal on Cyrene as well as Changi.
Dec 2011. Sedimentation is bad for marine life as it clogs up delicate feeding and breathing parts, and blocks out the sunlight which many animals depend on, especially animals that harbour symbiotic algae (zooxanthellae) which make food from sunlight and share the food with their animal hosts. These include corals.
More about Cyrene Reef and
some of the outreach work for the Reef. TeamSeagrass monitoring is an
important aspect of this effort! Here's more about how ordinary people
can join the Team.
Later today, our last low tide trip for the year, to a special part of Pulau Ubin.