Most of the sea fans I saw were orange Candelabra sea fans. I saw much fewer sea fans today both in number of individuals and varieties. There were fewer than our trip in September 2010 and even less than our trip in July 2010. Most of those I saw were small. Many were dead or half dead, covered in scum.
Thorny sea cucumber (Colochirus quadrangularis), a black and white filefish (Family Monacanthidae) and a bright yellow Estuarine seahorse (Hippocampus kuda) in between them.
pufferfishes (Family Tetraodontidae) or boxfishes (Family Ostraciidae) that I've seen before. It's amazing how I often see something completely new to me no matter how many times I visit the shores!
|Mystery fish no. 1|
squid (Family Loliginidae) came up to me, probably attracted by my torch.
cerianthids (Order Ceriantharia) 'blooming' in the water. These too are animals, a single large burrowing polyp that builds a tube to hide in.
Slender sea pens (Virgularia sp.)!
flowery sea pens (Family Veretillidae) too.
Zebra corals (Oulastrea crispata) everywhere!
fan worms (Family Sabellidae) on this shore, as well as crabs!
Sea toad spider crab (Schizophrys sp.)
Purple climber crabs (Metopograpsus sp.) that scuttle all over the rocks. Many large Stone crabs (Myomenippe hardwicki) that huddle under stones, several of them were mamas with orange eggs under their bellies. And many different kinds of swimming crabs (Family Portunidae) in the water.
Crown sea stars (Asterina coronata) including a bright orange one, also several Orange sea cucumbers, Ovum cowries (Cypraea ovum), Hoof-shield limpets (Scutus sp.) and a pair of tiny snapping shrimps (Family Alpheidae).
sponges, also fluffy hydroids (Order Hydrozoa), Knobbly sea fans, slimy ascidians, studded with countless tiny anemones. I also came across a small clump of zoanthids (Order Zoanthidea).
Synaptid sea cucumbers (Family Synaptidae)! There were lots of these sea cucumbers today.
feather star (Order Crinodea) here, something we have encountered on past trips.
octopus stranded on the high shore in what seems to be a hole too small for it.
pink flowery soft coral (Family Nephtheidae) or Ball flowery soft corals (Family Nephtheidae) that we saw on our last trip in September 2010. I didn't see any nudibranchs or flatworms, but that's because I'm just bad at finding small things and none of the slug hunters were on this trip.
What is that odd red and white thing in the seafan? The sea fan was in deep water, and I only figured it out when I looked at the photo at home. It seems to be a sinker used by fishermen. Oh dear.
previous trip. Fishing is still going on along the shore. As I was leaving, there were already five people getting started fishing with lines, and dropping off fish traps into the water.
The hard surfaces seem rather bare today, and the shore a little quiet. I'm not sure why, but another reason to keep checking up on this shore.