Living reefs! As we checked Pulau Semakau's natural north-east shores yesterday. Alas, Tape seagrasses are severely 'cropped' in parts of the seagrass meadows here.
Though it may look comical, this creature is no laughing matter if you are its prey. This Gymnodoris rubropapulosa nudibranch eats other nudibranchs!
Phyllidiella nigra nudibranchs that look like they were mating. Jianlin also saw a pair of mating Gymnodoris rubropapulosa.
Tiger-tailed seahorse! Another special find was a Burrowing giant clam by Kok Sheng.
Fire anemone, Magnificent anemone, Giant sea anemones and many Haddon's carpet anemones with anemone shrimps. There were also many Bubble-tip sea anemones at the reef edge.
Sunflower mushroom coral. This is no longer commonly seen on our reefs.
leathery soft corals and they seemed alright.
Tape seagrasses north of the stream were cropped short (Site 1 of TeamSeagrass monitoring), and a great deal of those south of the stream were also cropped.
On this trip, we were joined by Scott Tan and Marc Chung of GARS (Gamefish And Aquatic Rehabiliation Society). This Society of recreational fishermen are involved in habitat restoration and practice catch and release. They don't use live bait and instead have a fascinating variety of artificial lures to mimic the fish's favourite prey. The lures are very pretty!And are all handmade. Wow!
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