The beautiful Sisters Islands are home to some of our best reefs that are accessible to the public. Here, ordinary people can view interesting marine life at low tide.
anemone shrimps (Periclimenes brevicarpalis). Mrs Shrimp is large and fat with big white spots. While Mr Shrimp is more transparent. These are living on a Haddon's carpet anemone (Stichodactyla haddoni).
Sisters Island (like all our Southern recreational islands) have been reclaimed and seawalls built around original reef flats to create swimming lagoons. Nevertheless, over the years, marine life have crept back into the lagoons. Here's a view of corals in the lagoon, with the city skyline just beyond the seawall. Sisters Island is only 15minutes away from the mainland by fast boat.
Anemone corals (Goniopora sp.) in the middle of the lagoon are still there.
Brain corals (Family Mussidae) but only one Flowery disk coral (Turbinaria sp.).
Ridged plate corals (Merulina sp.), Thin disk coral (Turbinaria sp.), Carnation corals (Pectinia sp.).
Crinkled sandpaper coral (Psammocora sp.) and many Branching montipora corals (Montipora sp.) that looked alright.
Favid corals (Family Faviidae) in all kinds of shapes and colours. As well as Pore corals (Porites sp.).
Circular mushroom coral (Family Fungiidae). It's rather pink, which suggests it is stressed. I didn't see any Cauliflower corals (Pocillopora sp.).
Leathery soft corals (Family Alcyoniidae) of various kinds.
corallimorphs (Order Corallimorpharia).
Giant carpet anemones (Stichodactyla gigantea) alas I couldn't spot any 'Nemos' in them. There were also many Frilly sea anemones (Phymanthus sp.) in various colours and patterns.
heart urchin (Lovenia sp.)! It's rare to spot living heart urchins as they are usually buried in the sand.
synaptid sea cucumber (Family Synaptidae)!
pretty flatworm that I've never seen before. I did see several Dawn flatworms (Pseudobiceros uniarborensis) and many Ornate leaf slug (Elysia ornata). Of course Chay Hoon found many more interesting nudibranchs and slugs.
Yellow-lipped sea krait (Laticauda colubrina) ! How auspicious for the first day of the Lunar New Year of the Water Snake.
Blue-spotted stingray (Taeniura lymma) hidden in this clump of seaweeds.
Acropora coral (Acropora sp.) is being buried.
Spoon seagrasses (Halophila ovalis) on the shore.
Blue Water Volunteers in Singapore. Now with the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, Tse-Lynn is back in the region to work on seahorses in Asia.
Aug 2012. The bloom of Sargassum made it tougher to find them on this trip.
Hantu Bloggers who leads volunteers in guided dives at Pulau Hantu. And Collin Tong and Jeffrey Low from NParks, Jeff also leads the Blue Water Volunteers ReefFriends volunteers who regularly conduct underwater surveys of our reefs. I was there to represent TeamSeagrass. Hopefully, Singapore can contribute to this study with surveys of our very own seahorses. Volunteers will be welcomed to help out. Once details are available, I'll post them on this blog.
Sisters Islands, how to visit and what to see and do.
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