TeamSeagrass predawn monitoring trip at Chek Jawa to learn more about the sea anemones there from Dr Daphne.
We start the search at the coral rubble area near the beacon, well before the first light of dawn.
Haddon's carpet anemone (Stichodactyla haddoni). The most unmistakable characteristic is the series of long-short tentacles on the edge of the oral disk.
Giant carpet anemone (Stichodactyla gigantea)!
Ball tip animal which Dr Daphne confirms is NOT a sea anemone. Oops. It is instead a corallimorph (Order Corallimorpharia). Corallimorphs she explains are more closely related to hard corals than sea anemones but lack a skeleton. Many of them have balls on their tentacle tips. Time to update the fact sheet, but after the field trips!
Plain anemone are NOT Bob. I'll need to sort out those as well, after the field trips.
Swimming anemones (Boloceroides mcmurrichi) among the seagrasses today. Many large ones and even more tiny ones.
Posy anemone. Dr Daphne says they are likely to be Telactinia citrina.
at Lim Chu Kang a few weeks earlier. Since we have lots of examples of Bill, we leave this one on Chek Jawa.
Lined bead anemone (Diadumene lineata) on Chek Jawa and were puzzled not to find it on the higher shore. But Ivan later showed us photos of these anemones which had settled on the poles of the TeamSeagrass transects! Hurray!
After the field trip, Nicholas and I spent our last lab day with Dr Daphne over a makeshift lunch of local favourites which she so enjoys. We had a last look at the sea anemones we found and finally sadly had to say goodbye to Dr Daphne. I've learnt so much from her not just about sea anemones, but also about science in general and about life. She is a great inspiration and I and the Anemone Army are already missing her and looking forward to her return to Singapore!
More about Dr Daphne and our anemone hunts present and past.
I also took the opportunity during this trip to have a quick look at the coral rubble area at Chek Jawa. We also saw otters and signs of dugongs!
Posts by others on this trip
- James with more anemones and otters too.