Before the oil spill hit this shore, we used to see all kinds of fishes here. This morning, I saw lots of fishes! My favourite: this tiny Zebra solefish (Zebria zebra)! I've only seen this once before, at Changi found by Chay Hoon.
Quite similar to my trip last month during daylight, I saw many corals and lots of fishes. But it's easier to take nice photos at night. The fishes are less shy, and the corals are prettier.
Brown-spotted moray eels (Gymnothorax reevesii) today! This one was hunting in relatively clear water! The larger fishes around it were unperturbed and indeed, the eel left them alone as it plunged into crevices among the rocks. I wonder what it prefers to eat? I didn't see it catch anything.
Hollow cheeked stonefishes (Synanceia horrida) were still very much around. Just so well camouflaged that I probably overlooked them. This is one reason why I am super careful on this shore.
Common mojara (Gerres oyena), small Bengal sergeants (Abudefduf bengalensis) and small White-spotted rabbitfishes (Siganus canaliculatus). Also abundant were Whitings (Family Sillagenidae).
damselfishes (Family Pomacentridae) of various kinds. Some Yellow banded damselfish (Dischistodus fasciatus) and many Three-spot damselfish (Pomacentrus tripunctatus).
Spangled emperors (Lethrinus nebulosus) and many cardinalfishes (Family Apogonidae). I saw several Painted scorpionfishes (Parascorpaena picta) and False scorpionfishes (Centrogenys vaigiensis). I also saw a Chocolate hind (Cephalopholis boenak).
gobies (Family Gobiidae) of many kinds. I also saw one filefish (Family Monacanthidae), Copperband butterflyfish (Chelmon rostratus), several halfbeaks (Family Hemiramphidae).
It was really nice to see two Saron shrimps (Family Hippolytidae)!
Swimming crabs (Family Portunidae) of various kinds. Ghost crabs (Ocypode cerathophthalmus) are also still busy on the shore, and I saw two Red egg crabs (Atergatis integerrimus) and one Ornamented snapping shrimp (Alpheus sp.).
leathery soft coral (Family Alcyoniidae) that I visit every month seems to have grown larger!
Pore corals (Porites sp.) are common here. Some Pore corals I saw had whitish portions that were still alive. And many of the Flowery disk corals (Turbinaria sp.) I saw were yellowish and pale. I also saw something that looked like a recently dead branching coral, possibly Cauliflower coral (Pocillopora sp.).
Flowery disk coral (Turbinaria sp.), Anemone corals (Goniopora sp.), Acropora coral (Acropora sp.), Bracket mushroom coral . I also saw some Brain coral (Family Mussidae).
Zebra coral (Oulastrea crispata). Many of the coral were teeming with little Red nose shrimps (Periclimenes sp.).
Favid corals (Family Faviidae). Those I saw seemed fine.
Button zoanthids or colonial anemones (Zoanthus sp.). Including one small clump of what seems to be Sea mat zoanthids (Palythoa tuberculosa).
Haddon's carpet anemones (Stichodactyla haddoni). One had a really tiny anemone shrimp (Periclimenes brevicarpalis) and the other, two fat shrimps.
Frilly sea anemones (Phymanthus sp.) and on the rocky area something that looks like a Giant carpet anemone (Stichodactyla gigantea). I also saw one small peacock anemone, which are not true sea anemones.
Common sea stars (Archaster typicus) today. They seemed fine. But I didn't really do much of the upper shore so perhaps I missed others which were there.
Oval moon snails (Polinices mammila) busy ploughing through the sand. Several Black-lipped conch snails (Strombus urceus). Bazillion snails (Batillaria zonalis) were plentiful only on the rocky areas and were not seen on the sandy area. I saw what seems to be a young Window-pane clam (Placuna sp.). I also saw many Gong-gong snails (Strombus turturella).
Blue spatula sponge (Lamellodysidea herbacea).
Spoon seagrass (Halophila ovalis) in the lagoon. Some had tiny leaf blades heavily covered in epiphytes. There were small patches of larger blades. I also came across two small clumps of Tape seagrass (Enhalus acoroides).
Sargassum seaweed (Sargassum sp.) and Mermaid's fan (Padina sp.) were still the most common seaweed, I also saw smaller clumps of other kinds of seaweeds.
Acorn worms (Class Enteropneusta), widely spaced apart on the sandy shores. The coils of "processed sand" seem clean.
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