Sep 2010 just after the coral bleaching event.
With the outgoing super low tide, I rushed out to take a look at the corals at the mouth of the lagoon.
visited this other shore with Dr Daphne recently.
Favid corals (Family Faviidae), Pore corals (Porites sp.), as well as many Blue corals (Heliopora coerulea). There were also many small colonies of leathery soft corals (Family Alcyoniidae) and of all kinds, as well as Asparagus flowery soft corals (Family Nephtheidae).
Circular mushroom corals (Family Fungidae)! It's the first time I've seen them on Kusu Island! They seemed alright although one was very pink.
Montipora corals (Montipora sp.). Although there were also some Thin disk coral (Turbinaria sp.) and Flowery disk coral (Turbinaria sp.).
Cauliflower corals (Pocillopora sp.) and Sandpaper coral (Psammocora sp.). These two species were badly affected by bleaching last year.
Horn coral (Hydnophora sp.). It is the largest colony of this kind of coral that I have seen!
Acropora coral (Acropora sp.).
Brain corals (Family Mussidae).
Lettuce coral (Pavona sp.).
Galaxy corals (Galaxea sp.) today.
Pore corals (Porites sp.) or Montipora coral (Montipora sp.).
Magnificent anemones (Heteractis magnifica) at Kusu! The cluster at the mouth of the lagoon has grown in number of individuals!
our trip last year. At first glance I thought it was a Snaky sea anemone (Macrodactyla doreensis) especially when I saw the white radiating stripes on the oral disk.
Leathery anemone (Heteractis crispa). It had a pair of Five-spot anemone shrimps (Periclimenes brevicarpalis) in it!
Giant carpet anemones (Stichodactyla gigantea), and one of them had a False clown anemonefish (Amphiprion ocellaris). Of course, there were many Frilly sea anemones (Phymanthus sp.) in the reefs.
|Mystery fish no. 1|
Eightband butterflyfish (Chaeotodon octofasciatus), and a hidden Yellow-banded damselfish (Dischistodus fasciatus). The two fishes on the lower row I'm not too sure of their identity.
|Lower row, mystery fish no. 2 (left) and no. 3|
Spoon seagrass (Halophila ovalis). Among them were bazillions of Bazillion snails (Batillaria zonalis), and many Shadow gobies (Acentrogobius nebulosus). Also some tiny hermit crabs, but not a lot of other creatures.
Remarkable sea cucumber (Holothuria notabilis) which we have been seeing on this shore. It's good to know that it's still there.
Cake sand dollars (Arachnoides placenta) and many Common sea stars (Archaster typicus).
Fire anemone (Actinodendron sp.) and Haddon's carpet anemones (Stichodactyla haddoni) that used to be here. Did they get buried? Where did the sand come from? Beach 'improvement' or due to the ongoing dredging near Kusu?
We should visit Kusu's lovely reefs more often, but there just aren't enough low tides! More about Kusu Island on wildsingapore.
After the trip, Andy and I dropped by to listen to Wei Ling's talk about Singapore's seagrasses.
Tomorrow another super early trip, to our now favourite submerged reef, Terumbu Bemban.
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