Just minutes from the Central Business District is a lovely shore at Kusu Island. A small team explore it at a not-so-low tide.
oil spill in 2014. How is it doing a year later?
The highlight of our trip was a Yellow-lipped sea krait spotted by Jonathan. Although these snakes are common, this appears to be my first record for Kusu. It was peacefully foraging among the seaweeds. It's hard to see at first glance which is its head and which its tail. In this photo, the tail (which is flattened) is on the right. Its head is hidden under the seaweed.
Fluted giant clam. It was about 20cm across. I think it's the same one that Kok Sheng saw in Jan 2014.
Sea lettuce seaweed on the high shore.
Sargassum seaweed too. The tide wasn't very low and the windy conditions meant the water was murky.
Giant carpet anemones (none with 'Nemo's though), as well as small Haddon's carpet anemones. I saw a small Magnificent anemone and Nicholas spotted the larger ones in deeper water. Frilly anemones were common in the rocky areas.
Red banded shrimp. There was patches of seagrasses in the lagoon with tiny-bladed Spoon seagrass and skinny Needle seagrass. The seagrasses were full of Bazillion snails.
Black-lipped conch snails. This one has both its eyes on long stalks sticking out of its shell.