Many special animals on our reefs are well camouflaged. Can you spot the Fluted giant clam in this photo? I would have missed it if Kok Sheng did not point it out, right in front of me!
Reef octopus in this photo, attempting to blend in with the colourful corals and encrusted rocks surrounding it.
Black spotted flatworm. I saw a lot of them today. Kok Sheng found a special flatworm.
Blue-spotted fantail ray.
Strapweed filefish. But Kok Sheng saw a very special fish, while the rest also had other exciting fish encounters.
White-rumped sea cucumber 'feeding' with its 'mouth' extended. Behind, from its butt, a string of poop. There were also many Common sea stars in both lagoons that I explored.
What is coral bleaching and why this is of concern on the Bleach Watch Singapore blog.) I was relieved to see that corals susceptible to bleaching were alright today. Such as Cauliflower corals and Crinkled sandpaper coral.
Montipora coral and Acropora coral that were alright.
Pore corals I saw were not bleaching.
Spiky flowery soft corals that seemed alright. There were many Asparagus flowery soft corals and many of them were yellowish and pale.
Leathery soft corals and they were all not bleaching.
Magnificent anemone, one Wiggly reef anemone, and one Giant carpet anemone with a pair of anemone shrimps. I didn't see any 'Nemos' today.
mangrove trees that have settled naturally on the artificial seawall at Pulau Hantu!. The Vulnerable Tengah putih is flowering profusely and producing lots of propagules. Alas, it seems many of the propagules have started growing right under the mother tree. This is not very good for both the young trees and the mother tree.
Bakau pasir (listed as Vulnerable) and some Bakau kurap. They were blooming and producing lots of propagules too.
Perepat were flowering, as well as the Tengah putih. I also came across a small bush of Chengam. There were also lots of Sea lettuce.
Tape seagrass in the lagoon facing Pulau Bukom, there were also many patches of 'cropped' Tape seagrass in the western lagoon. There were also small patches of Spoon seagrasses with small blades, mostly heavily covered in epiphytes. I also sense that the lagoon facing Pulau Bukom has become a lot sandier. The Sargassum seaweed is starting to bloom on the shore.
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|photo from N. Sivasothi's flickr.|
SG Sea Drone.
Please do not feed the wild animals in our wild places. This just leads to an unhappy end for the animals.
Hantu Bloggers who conduct guided dives this reef every month!