We had a brief look at Big Sisters Island before we got caught in a fierce rain in high winds.
On the way to Sisters Island we dropped off another passenger to the City of Beijing, a ship parked in Singapore waters. So here's the City of Singapore next to the City of Beijing!
Fluted giant clam (Tridacna squamosa) we saw during my last trip in May 2013 was still alive and well! I also came across a Giant top shell snail (Trochus niloticus).
Spider conch (Lambis lambis) on this island.
Glossodoris atromarginata nudibranchs! I'm not sure what these nudibranchs are up to. Mating? Feeding?
acoel flatworms. Many of the corals had Fan worms (Family Sabellidae) growing on them.
Pore corals (Porites sp.) and Favid corals (Family Faviidae). Almost all of those I saw were alright, except for some ill Pore corals and some Favid corals with small pale patches.
several large blue Ridged plate corals (Merulina sp.), the huge Anemone corals (Goniopora sp.) growing in the middle of the lagoon, Lettuce corals (Pavona sp.), Carnation corals (Pectinia sp.).
Crinkled sandpaper coral (Psammocora sp.) and checked on the Brain anchor coral (Euphyllia ancora). They seemed alright. These species were among the first to bleach during the global coral bleaching event of 2010. I didn't see any Cauliflower corals (Pocillopora sp.).
Circular mushroom corals (Family Fungiidae) all about small to medium sized. None of them were bleaching. While some of those I saw in May 2013 were bleaching.
Favid coral (Family Faviidae), one Flowery disk coral (Turbinaria sp.), a small Ridged plate coral (Merulina sp.) one small colony of Anemone corals (Goniopora sp.).
Favid coral (Family Faviidae), Ridged plate coral (Merulina sp.), Thin disk coral (Turbinaria sp.), and several large colonies of Brain coral (Family Mussidae).
Giant carpet anemones (Stichodactyla gigantea) I saw was bleaching. But all the other anemones I saw seemed alright. I saw many Frilly sea anemones (Phymanthus sp.).
Leathery soft corals (Family Alcyoniidae) I saw seemed mostly alright, with only a few being a little pale. But there aren't many leathery soft corals on Big Sisters Island. I didn't come across any flowery soft corals (Family Nephtheidae).
Pore coral (Porites sp.) seems to be very ill (bluish portions) and half dead (light brown portions). The healthy portions are dark brown. I saw corals in a similar situation in May 2013 and also last year May 2012.
Sargassum seaweed (Sargassum sp.) has disappeared from the shore, to be replaced by a bloom of Bryopsis seaweed (Bryopsis sp.) in the deeper areas. Alas, none of us came across any seahorses. Just as we were into the second half of our field trip, ominous weather built up across the water. Because of the rain, I didn't get check on the seagrasses on this shore.
May 2013. It's really tough to put on a poncho in the ferocious winds that blew. As Pei Yan demonstrates, with Rene taking lots of photos of the process.
'brown flood at sea' seems to happen everytime there is heavy rain.
Trips to the shores continue over the next few days, but with a focus on mangroves for me as the spring tides are no longer as low. There's too many shores to cover and too few low tides!