A dawn survey at Cyrene and I saw Burrowing giant clams here for the first time!
an industrial triangle and major shipping lanes, Cyrene has some of Singapore's best shores. The rest of the team saw lots of Knobbly sea stars and other wonderful marine life.
I was excited to see not one but two Burrowing giant clams! This is our first sighting of this for Cyrene.
Apr 2018, I saw many large hard corals. None of them were bleaching.
Pore corals and Merulinid corals of various kinds. There were a few Disk corals, some Anemone corals, and some Cauliflower corals. All of them looked well.
Red coral crab in one of the Cauliflower corals.
Leathery soft corals of various kinds. None of them were bleaching.
Flowery soft corals and they were all not bleaching. There were also some sponges, including one small Barrel sponge that looked alright. I was relieved to see this since we saw dying Barrel sponges at Sentosa Serapong in June 2018.
Common peachia anemone, Frilly anemones, Giant carpet anemones, while the rest of the team found Snaky sea anemones.
Tape seagrasses are still cropped.
Very long ribbon worm. And there were other worms like the White spiral fan worm.
Ramose murex snails. In the sand, there were many special snails such as the Eggwhite moon snail, China moon snail, and various Olive snails.
Jorunna funebris which looked like it just laid the egg ribbon nearby. I also saw one Spotted sea hare.
Common sea stars. And Cyrene is one of the few shores where I see smaller males, on top of larger females.
As the tide rushed in, I noticed the Huddling hermit crabs were clustered near the waterline. Probably getting ready to hide in the sand from incoming predators?
Pink-speckled shrimp-goby sticking out of a hole face out, and a living shrimp in a hole butt up. Not really sure what is happening.
Photos by others on this trip
By Abel Yeo
By Marcus Ng
By Jonathan Tan
Others on this trip: Russel Low, Jose Hong, Jonathan Tan, Aidan Mock, Siew Men, Nicholas Yap.
Meanwhile, other shores were surveyed ...
Loh Kok Sheng