Dr Daphne leads the Workshop on another predawn field trip!
Although it was still dark, there was plenty to see on the rich reefs of Sisters Island. In fact, our reefs are usually more active in the dark and the best time to visit them is predawn!
Bubble tip anemone (Entacmea quadricolor)!
Giant carpet anemones (Stichodactyla gigantea) near one another. Dr Daphne tells us more about this fascinating animal. See how its tentacles constantly quiver in the water? she points out.
earlier trip to Cyrene. This time, with the support of so many people, we managed to get a closer look at it! It's still unknown as Dr Daphne has to take some time to look at it.
Peachia anemones (Peachia sp.). There was also a Haddon's carpet anemone (Stichodactyla haddoni).
Frilly sea anemones (Phymanthus sp.). The ones with smooth tentacles are particularly intriguing. We also see several Wiggly star reef anemones.
corallimorphs. There's lots of these on Sisters Island.
Very long ribbon worms (Baseodiscus delineatus), as well as some different kinds of flatworms. Also some common nudibranchs. I had no time to look at the corals, but those I saw seem unbleached.
Hollow-cheeked stonefish (Synanceia horrida)! It is very well camouflaged! Thank goodness no one stepped on it.
Blue-spotted fantail rays (Taeniura lymma) in the water! Fortunately, no one got hurt on this trip.
See also James' blog entry with more about the workshop, encounters with a cushion star and sundial snail.
Tomorrow, we rejoin the Workshop in the field to explore the mangroves! It promises to be squishy and muddy and messy! And who knows what anemones we might find there!
Do try to catch Dr Daphne's "Sea Anemone Lecture"on 21 Jun (Tue) 7pm. It's free and all are welcome to attend. She will speak on "Hidden treasures of biodiversity: flowers of the marine world (sea anemones)"
The Sea Anemone Workshop is jointly organised by the Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research and the Tropical Marine Science Institute in conjunction with the National Parks Board, National Biodiversity Centre and their Comprehensive Marine Biodiversity Survey of Singapore.