'the Sumatras'. These are powerful predawn storms with violent winds and heavy rain. Just as we got into the boat, we got hit by a Sumatra!
We waited an hour in the safety of the marina for the worst of the weather to clear. Soon enough, we made safe landing in the care of Alex, Thai and Jumari. It was just before sunrise, the lights at the massive industrial installations on Jurong Island were still ablaze.
first observed in Jun 2010. More about coral bleaching on Bleach Watch Singapore.
|Bleaching corals seen last year.|
Favid corals (Family Faviidae). And they were all in their usual colours, despite the rain.
Pore corals (Porites sp.) that were very pale, but the tiny polyps were bluish and not yellow or white. Others were the usual brown. I'm not sure what this means.
Flowery disk coral (Turbinaria sp.) and one colony of Blue coral (Heliopora coerulea).
Leathery soft corals (Family Alcyoniidae). All in their usual colours.
Asparagus flowery soft corals (Family Nephtheidae) in their usual purply-pink shades.
tiny colourful brittle stars (Ophiothela danae)! This is something we generally only observe during a night trip. During the day, perhaps the brittle stars are better hidden in their flowery host?
flowery soft coral, it seemed fine.
Chocolate sponges (Spheciospongia cf. vagabunda). Each tiny hole in the sponge is occupied by a tiny brittle star!
Diamond wrasses (Halichoeres dussumieri) flopped out on the green carpet of Bryopsis seaweeds on the reefs. They did not seem distressed. I'm not sure why there were so many in a small area. Something to do with the rain? This fish is commonly seen on our Northern shores like Chek Jawa and Changi.
Brown-striped wrasse (Halichoeres bicolor) less frequently. Today, there was one also flopping about on the surface. A check with my records and it's my first time seeing these fishes on Cyrene! Although they are quite commonly sighted on our other shores, usually at night. I guess this is because we seldom visit Cyrene at night, and in the rain!
Mosaic crab (Lophozozymus pictor). It is the most poisonous crab in Singapore! Its bright colours and patterns advertise this, and the apt technical term for this is 'warning coloration'.
Giant carpet anemone (Stichodactyla gigantea) puckered up in obvious annoyance at the rain. My fingers were starting to resemble prunes, so I feel the same way.
|Dark clouds loom over Pasir Panjang contain terminals.|
|The city skyline is just a blur on the horizon.|
Eggwhite moon snail (Polinices albumen). It's not as flat, the 'slot' on the underside is not of the same shape and the colours on the shell is slightly different. I'm not really sure what it is.
found a few days earlier. Fortunately, Dr Hsu came by to give us a hand. This effort is part of Project Driftnet.
massive works to build the boardwalk at Berlayar Creek. Huge piles have been sunk into the rocky shore there.
|More about marine life seen earlier at Berlayar Creek.|
More about Cyrene Reef!
Tomorrow, another predawn trip to another submerged reef. Let's hope the weather is kinder to us!
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