Throughout our survey, a group of possibly 10 Smooth-coated otters were hunting and playing nearby. Mostly ignoring us!
Noodle seagrass on the mainland which I have ever seen. My last trip here was in Jun 2015, but at that time, I still wasn't walking well and didn't explore much of it.
Gong-gong snails, Black lipped conch snails, Dubious nerite snails and Fan shell clams. On the sandy parts there were many Cake sand dollars. On the canal walls, Ivan saw Diadema sea urchins!
Slender sea pen, a few cerianthids and several large Haddon's carpet anemones. We also saw two Fat-armed jellyfishes zooming past in the outgoing tide. On the rocks, there were clumps of Stinging hydroids.
Smooth ribbon seagrass was one Haddon's carpet anemone that was bleaching. But most of the corals and other animals I saw were not bleaching.
Spoon seagrasses as usually is the most common, with large leaf blades. There were also Needle seagrasses, both with narrow and broad leaf blades.
Tape seagrass all of them with nice long leaf blades.
Merulinid (previously Favid) corals were the most common, with many different kinds seen.
Boulder pore corals and Branching pore corals. Most were alright, although one had many pink spots.
Disk corals of various kinds. Most were well formed and healthy looking.
Cauliflower coral and one Crinkled sandpaper coral which were not bleaching. In the past, these two species were the first to bleach.
Tiger-tailed seahorse! He was very pregnant so we didn't disturb him.
coastal horseshoe crab was trapped in it and was long dead. A small Spot-bellied forceps crab was still alive, probably trapped as it tried to eat the horseshoe crab. We released the crab and brought the net out to dispose of it.
Photos by others on this trip
- Tay Ywee Chieh on facebook.