A bright cheery find on an otherwise soggy trip! The amazing Tendril slug (Lobiger viridis) unfurls its tendrils when alarmed.
Mega Marine Survey recce trips for the upcoming Southern Expedition that starts in a few weeks' time.
With its tendrils curled up, it is a little harder to spot among the Oval sea grape seaweeds (Caulerpa racemosa). This sap-sucking slug does exactly that, sucking out the sap of the seaweeds that it hides among.
the Sumatras and we were going right into a big one!
May 2010 with Mei Lin to help her survey for Giant clams on our shores and in Jan 2010 with NParks for a survey.
snapping shrimps (Family Alpheidae) and the awesome way they make these snaps.
Giant carpet anemones (Stichodactyla gigantea) that was slightly bleaching. Oh dear.
anemone shrimp (Periclimens brevicarpalis).
zoanthids (Order Zoanthidea) of all kinds on the shore.
Common sea stars (Archaster typicus) on the sandy shore here. There were quite a few, many of them in 'mating' position.
Eucelus sp.), a white ascidian, and a brown patch of bryozoans.
Bryozoan and Hydroid Workshop next week. Here's some bryozoans we saw under stones today.
Scintilla clams (Family Galeommatidae) under the stones. These lively clams behave more like snails than sedate bivalves.
chiton (Class Polyplacophora) that I've not seen before. It was rather large and stuck under a stone.
May 2010. I have yet to see a living Cone snail on our shores. These snails, however, can inject a powerful poison that can kill humans. So, another reason to be careful when handling stones.
Fine feathery soft corals (Briareum sp.) with the polyps expanded, and polyps retracted, revealing the bright purple common tissue that the polyps are embedded in.
Sickle seagrass (Thalassia hemprichii) are still there, as well as some small patches of Spoon seagrass (Halophila ovalis).. I looked hard but couldn't find any bryozoans on the seagrasses.
May 2010 trip. It is a large, long island and one side of the rocky cliffs remain undeveloped, fronting a long rocky intertidal. Reefs ring the island. It is next to Lazarus Island and St. John's Island, seen here on the horizon.
Pulau Tekukor also overlooks the main business district on the mainland!
Hopefully we will have better weather tomorrow as we do yet another recce trip to our submerged reefs!