Seringat-Kias was created by reclaiming the submerged reefs of Seringat and Kias. One of the touted features on this island is the C-shaped 1km long artificial lagoon. Here's more about what was done to create Seringat-Kias. Marine life has settled in this artificial lagoon, including lots of sea anemones!
We saw one of these and Dr Daphne confirms it's a Haddon's carpet anemone (Stichodactyla haddoni). She mentioned that the two that we showed her from Changi a few weeks earlier were NOT Haddon's carpet anemones even though at first glance they seemed to be. This once again shows that it's important to take a closer look even at our common anemones.
'Peachia' anemone with a white body column from the similar looking one with a brown body column. From work done by the Workshop participants including Nicholas, the white one is actually Metapeachia and has 16 'segments' (mesenteries) which are clearly seen even with the tentacles tucked into the body. While the brown one has 19 or 20. Dr Daphne is keen to figure out the sea anemones so that we can tell them apart in the field without having to dig them out. But to do this, we first have to dig them them out and take a closer look, matching the close examinations with field photos.
Kok Sheng blogged more about how we did the field photography.
Fire anemone (Actinodendron sp.) and later Jerome showed it to us. James found another one nearby! Wow, we are quite surprised to see this anemone in this artificial shore. So far, we have only found them near good reefs in clean sand.
Giant carpet anemone (Stichodactyla gigantea) and lots of Frilly sea anemones (Phymanthus sp.).
As usual, there are other distractions on the shores. Such as Common sea stars (Archaster typicus). Kok Sheng found the Cryptic sea star (Cryptasterina sp.), our first sighting outside of Pulau Semakau.
Oval heart urchin (Maretia ovata), and many skeletons of the rare Laganum sand dollar (Laganum depressum). I also saw some living Cake sand dollars (Arachnoides placenta).
Grey bonnet snail (Phalium glaucum). I first saw it half buried. In a pool of water, we can see how this burrowing snail has a notch in its shell to keep its siphon upright like a snorkel! This snail is believed to eat sand dollars, so I guess it should be no surprise to see them on this shore. So far, we've only seen this snail on Changi and Cyrene Reef.
Strawberry cockle (Fragum unedo). So far, I've only seen a live one, once, on a submerged reef.
cerianthid (Order Ceriantharia) which is not a true sea anemone.
Feb 2011, I saw lots of tiny Spoon seagrasses (Halophila ovalis).
Bazillion snails (Batillaria zonalis) and Dubious nerites (Clithon oulaneinsis).
During our trip in Feb 2011, we discovered amazing marine life had settled on the pontoon at Seringat-Kias. We can't resist a quick look. And it's still encrusted with all kinds of plants and animals.
We also had a quick look at the natural rocky shore on Lazarus Island for sea anemones. Alas, we failed to find the pretty Anthopleura buddemeieri that we saw on St. John's Island during the Workshop a few weeks ago.
Anthopleura dixoniana nestled in little pockets of water left behind in crevices of large rocks. Dr Daphne taught us how they are easily identified by the 'chequerboard' pattern on the oral disk.
More background on Seringat-Kias and Lazarus
- Fate of the Southern Islands on the wildflims blog.
- Lazarus: hoping for a resurrection on the wildfilms blog.
- Origin of the name "Lazarus Island" on the compressed air junkie blog.
Posts by others on this trip
- Kok Sheng with more about the anemone hunt at Seringat-Kias and a look at natural Lazarus
- Russel on facebook with strange 'sea monster' and more about the plants on Lazarus.
- Rene on facebook with more marine life on the islands and on the pontoon.
- Jerome on facebook with lots of wild life.
- James with closeups of anemones and more.
- Geraldine on facebook with great shot of the fire anemone and more.