|Raffles Lighthouse, the Southernmost point of Singapore is our first stop.|
The tide is super high when we arrive! Although the water was quite clear, it was way too high to see the wonderful corals that circle this lighthouse. Nevertheless, Jeff gives an introduction to the marine life here and we spot some fishes! Here's more photos of the reefs at Raffles Lighthouse that I took over some years ago. Mentigi (Pemphis acidula) that I've seen on our shores. As well as some awesome marine life. Here's more photos of what we saw there on earlier trips.
|A gorgeous little island packed with rare plants and wonderful reefs!|
|A priceless view from the Southernmost point of Singapore!|
|Awesome shark seen at Raffles Lighthouse.|
|Alas, no seabird sightings on our trip, though some of us looked.|
Some interesting facts about Sultan Shoal
- The size of the island is 0.6ha.
- The lighthouse is apparently a unique mixture of Asian and Victorian design. More on the wikipedia entry on the lighthouse.
- Prior to 1974, it is said that the Muslim calendar for Singapore was based on sightings from Sultan Shoal, as it was considered the Southernmost point of Singapore (actually, I think Raffles Lighthouse is more southerly).
- More information about the lighthouse that I found out in an earlier post.
Sultan Shoal Lighthouse is located in the middle of the ongoing massive reclamation on our Western shores.
|Sultan Shoal Lighthouse is in the crook of the 'hockey-stick'|
reclamation site at Tuas and next to Jurong Island.
|Possibly the Bengal sergeant (Abudefduf bengalensis).|
|Mangroves have settled on the seawall (top left in the photo).|
|Near the high shore, lots of the Vulnerable Bakau pasir (Rhizophora stylosa)|
with their elegant arching stilt roots.
|The beautiful red flowers of Tumu (Bruguirea gymnorrhiza).|
|Beautiful fresh green leaves adorn most of the trees here.|
|Little Sisters (left) and Big Sisters (right) frame|
the business district on the mainland on the horizon.
|There's Mr Stonefish!|
Discodoris boholiensis nudibranch is quickly sighted! We also see a tiny bright blue Phyllidiella pustulosa nudibranch that looks like a sweet!
mushroom corals (Family Fungiidae). We saw a small patch of young ones that were still stuck to a hard surface. Then the visitors spotted several clusters of adults which were already free living, i.e., no longer stuck and could move around!
Red egg crabs (Atergatis integerrimus), which have bright warning colours as they are quite toxic to eat. These crabs are listed as Vulnerable. More eagle-eyed spotting by the visitors reveal Hairy crabs (Family Pilumnidae), marine spiders (Desis martensi), an eel-like fish and many other fishes!
Anemone corals (Goniopora sp.) which look like they have survived the coral bleaching. The tiny white spots in the photo are minute crustacea that were swarming in the waters. These are fed on by other marine life on the reefs.
Ashy pink sea cucumber (Holothuria fuscocinerea). This sea cucumber is not very often sighted on our shores.
Black long sea cucumbers (Holothuria leucospilota). These animals are more commonly encountered on our shores.
Frilly sea anemones (Phymanthus sp.) and lots of different kinds of hard corals, as well as leathery soft corals (Family Alcyoniidae).
red feather star (Order Crinoidea) that they found! It's so pretty! These animals seem seasonal and we sometimes encounter many of them on a trip. The Sisters Islands are among the best places to spot them.
Giant top shell snail (Trochus niloticus) that she found earlier. This animal is listed as Vulnerable. She also shows us a Giant carpet anemone (Stichodactyla gigantea) with a pair of anemone shrimps (Periclimenes brevicarpalis)! The rest of the team also saw an octopus!
my previous trips to the Sisters Islands we've also seen sea turtles, sea snakes, strange slugs and lots and lots of different kinds of corals.
Here's all the locations we visited today. Wow! That's all over the Southern Islands. Along the way, we also enjoyed views of Pulau Jong, Pulau Semakau and some intriguing submerged reefs and islands.
MORE about Cyrene on a blog dedicated just to this awesome reef.
Want to visit our Southern islands?
Although the lighthouses require special permission to visit, the islands listed below are accessible to the public, links are to more info on what to see and do and how to get there.