July 2013 that our team does our usual survey of the island.
Everyone's favourite fish is the 'Nemo' or False clown anemonefish. I was glad to see some in several Giant carpet anemones. While these fishes are easy to spot during daytime trips, most reef fishes are shy. A night trip allows us to encounter and more easily photograph a wider variety.
Scissortail sergeant which so far I only commonly see on Big Sisters Island.
Bengal sergeant appears to be injured. There were also many small halfbeaks and abundant Tropical silversides.
Orbicular cardinalfish which I have commonly seen only at Big Sisters Island and on Pulau Hantu.
Spangled emperor. Indeed, many of our reef fishes are glittery and gleam with a rainbow sheen.
Seagrass filefishes which blend superbly with their surroundings.
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|Fish B: Unidentified|
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Some interesting sightings include this this large Olive snail. The first time I've seen it outside of Cyrene Reef!
Gymnodoris. We looked but couldn't find any living Giant clams on the intertidal today. I saw a few Spotted black flatworms.
Diadema sea urchin as well as a few tiny ones. There were also many Long black sea cucumbers and a few Big synaptid sea cucumbers.
Reef octopuses which are so well camouflaged that I only spot them when they move.
Land hermit crabs are more active at night. On the high tide line I saw many, including this cluster. I thought they were about to exchange shells, but it turned out they were quarreling over food.
Common sea stars in the big lagoon. Many of them were paired up. Perhaps this is because the big lagoon has become much sandier?
May 2013 and July 2013. The shore was much quieter than even my brief walk through in Apr 2014 when I was still recovering from a broken foot and didn't cover much ground.
What is coral bleaching and why this is of concern on the Bleach Watch Singapore blog. Fortunately, the latest Bleaching Alert Areas from the NOAA website shows that Singapore now falls outside the 'Watch' status. Let's hope our corals have passed the danger period for the year.
Boulder pore corals and most were alright. Only a few were pale or had greyish dead portions.
Anemone coral in the middle of the lagoon is still there. This and the few other Anemone corals I saw were not bleaching.
Acropora coral. There were also some branching Montipora corals, they were not bleaching.
Cauliflower coral with the top portion dead. I saw several Crinkled sandpaper corals and they were alright.
Brain corals and aside from slightly yellowish portions, most of them seemed alright, although their top parts were dead.
Flowery disk corals and they were all pale or yellowish. But none were outright bleaching.
Carnation coral, Ridged plate coral and Galaxy coral. The Anchor coral colony is half dead although there were living healthy portions. I also saw a small half dead Lettuce coral. Kok Sheng saw a few Circular mushroom corals.
Leathery soft corals and they were all not bleaching. I didn't see any flowery soft corals. I saw a few Frilly sea anemones and many Giant carpet anemones, they were not bleaching.
Long-tailed macaque. There are many wild monkeys on this island and they can be quite aggressive to humans who are alone. Pei Yan got bullied by some in the morning but she knew how to take care of herself.
Oct 2011, we came across two nets laid on the reefs which caused much damage.
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