What a delight to spend almost the entire day sharing our shores with Pierre-Yves Cousteau who is in town for ADEX 2011. Singapore Environment Council (SEC) and NParks National Biodiversity Centre organised a trip for him to see our intertidal shores as well as to dive our waters!
Also with us were journalists and photographers from The New Paper and My Paper. So there were many stops to pose for photos. Here, in the lovely sunrise over St. John's Island. It was also a great opportunity to showcase our shores to our local journalists!
False clown anemonefish (Amphiprion ocellaris) hiding in their home, the Giant carpet anemone (Stichodactyla gigantea).
anemone shrimps (Periclimenes brevicarpalis). Jeff earlier shared how some people thought they had to dive in Manado to photograph these animals, only to find out that they are quite commonly seen on Singapore shores.
tiny flatworm (Pseudoceros sp.) as well as an even tinier Pimply phyllid nudibranch (Phyllidiela pustolosa).
Very hairy hermit crabs (Dardanus lagopodes) are often seen on Sisters Islands, although they are quite hard to spot.
Ornate leaf slug (Elysia ornata)! These are also well camouflaged.
Fluted giant clam (Tridacna squamosa) found in the lagoon.
Spider conch snails (Lambis lambis)! Although well camouflaged from above, they are very pretty underneath.
Jan 2011. Although the lagoon seems a little sparse. Perhaps not all of the corals survived the bleaching?
Circular mushroom corals (Family Fungiidae) are still abundant on Sisters Island! They seemed quite well and unbleached. More about coral bleaching on Bleach Watch Singapore.
Blue-spotted fantail ray (Teaniura lymma) is seen! Only by the little blue tail is sticking out as the rest of the fish was hidden under the sand and a hard coral.
Tiger-tailed seahorses (Hippocampus comes).
Mr Stonefish (Synanceia horrida). But we saw Lined eel-tail catfishes (Plotosus lineatus), rabbitfishes (Family Siganidae), lots of other small fishes. And this False scorpionfish (Centrogenys vaigiensis)!
reef octopus! Ivan runs Dive Books which will also be at ADEX 2011 with special offers on marine reference books.
After the intertidal trip, the more intrepid among us went for a dive at Sisters Island. Here's Jeff starting them off. They saw sea fans, feather stars, and lots more.
"Cousteau Divers" programme, a global network of divers engaged in the study and preservation of marine ecosystems worldwide. It comes with a great checklist that divers can use to record and share their sightings.
ADEX 2011 to give talks, and will also be appearing on radio and other media to share about marine conservation.
More about Sisters Islands and Pulau Hantu with links to more photos and blog posts about trips to these places. You can also dive Pulau Hantu with the volunteers of the Hantu Bloggers who conduct guided dives regularly here.
Jeff shares more photos of the dive on his Compressed Air Junkie blog.
More photos on The New Paper website