A gorgeous sunset that money cannot buy! Among the many priceless encounters we had at St. John's Island.
Tse-Lynn joined us again on this trip with Ethan! On the way to the island, we dropped off another passenger at a huge ship at the container terminals opposite Sentosa. Our shores are close to major industrial facilities and yet they are still teeming with marine life.
Spoon seagrasses (Halophila ovalis) in the lagoon. With some Haddon's carpet anemones (Stichodactyla haddoni) as well as other sea anemones like the Frilly sea anemone (Phymanthus sp.) and a very large Peachia anemone (Peachia sp.). There are indeed, many kinds of sea anemones on St. John's Island as the survey during the Sea Anemone Workshop in Jun 2011 revealed.
Starry mouth nudibranch (Bornella stellifer) among the seagrasses.
feather star and an equally tiny Wentletrap snail (Family Epitoniidae).
octopus at low tide is revealed by the jet of water that spouts at regular intervals.
Variegated sundial snail (Heliacus variegatus) among the zoanthids that it feeds on. It has a conical operculum (door) so at first glance it looks as if the snail is eating another snail. I only know about this because Chim Chee Kong found one at Cyrene Reef some time ago. I guess it is often overlooked because it looks similar to other common snails.
Common sea stars (Archaster typicus) on the sandy shore.
Spotted moon snail (Natica gualteriana) which I rarely encounter. Ethan found a special nudibranch, Platydoris scabra to the delight of Chay Hoon. We also saw a Spotted-foot nudibranch (Discodoris lilacina) under a rock.
Tape seagrass (Enhalus acoroides), overlooking the city centre on the mainland.
Port Marine Notice of the drilling operation. So far, I didn't observe any serious changes to the shore since our last trip here in Nov 2012, although I didn't get a chance to see the reefs outside the seawall.
St. John's Island, how to get there and what to see and do.
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