I didn't know this tiny fish had caught a fish until I processed the photo! Here's some more photos of it gulping down its prey. How did the prey fish fit inside this tiny predator?! I'm not sure what kind of fish this is. Perhaps a really tiny baby Batfish (Family Ephippidae)? Kok Sheng saw a bigger Batfish on this shore a few days ago.
Pygmy squid (Idiosepius sp.) with a tiny transparent shrimp in its arms. I'm fascinated by the tiny suckers on the tiny squid arms!
Saron shrimps (Family Hippolytidae)!
Jorunna funebris nudibranchs! This is only the second time I've seen this.
Discodoris boholiensis nudibranch. A closer look and it seems there is at least one more stuck on the rock opposite it. And possibly another one next to it? A mess of mating! Kok Sheng also saw these nudibranchs mating a few days ago.
Common mojara (Gerres oyena).
|Mystery fish no. 1|
|Upper row: Mystery fish no. 2|
Lower left: Mystery fish no. 3, right: Mystery fish no. 4
halfbeaks (Family Hemiramphidae).
Painted scorpionfishes (Parascorpaena picta), one Freckled goatfish (Upeneus tragula), some White-spotted rabbitfishes (Siganus canaliculatus), many small Cardinalfishes (Family Apogonidae), many medium sized Bengal sergeants (Abudefduf bengalensis) and lots of gobies (Family Gobiidae).
I only noticed this superbly camouflaged Velcro crab (Camposcia retusa) when it moved!
Hairy crab (Family Pilumnidae). There were also many Swimming crabs (Family Portunidae) of all kinds with a lot of small to medium-sized Flower crabs (Portunus pelagicus). I saw one Stone crab (Myomenippe hardwicki) and many small Spotted moon crabs (Ashtoret lunaris).
Gong-gong snails (Strombus turturella). And I came across several that were laying strings of eggs. In one of the photos I took, I accidentally photographed a tiny snail and a tiny slug on the egg strings!
leathery soft coral (Family Alcyoniidae) that I visit every month seems to have grown enormously! Nestled on it were several small swimming crabs and many little shrimps.
Acropora coral (Acropora sp.) I visit every month seems to be doing better. Last month, much of its tips were dead and covered with scum. Acropora corals do grow quickly (for corals) so perhaps it is recovering?
Favid corals (Family Faviidae). There were also some Pore corals (Porites sp.). Most seemed unbleached.
Anemone corals (Goniopora sp.).
Flowery disk coral (Turbinaria sp.) of various sizes from tiny ones about 1cm across to medium sized ones about 10cm across.
Bracket mushroom coral still with a fan worm on it, the large encrusting plate montipora coral (Montipora sp.), a nicely growing Brain coral (Family Mussidae) and a small Carnation coral (Pectinia sp.).
Frilly sea anemones (Phymanthus sp.). They were quite large and seemed healthy. This is the first time I've seen so many in one trip for a long while. But I didn't come across any other kinds of sea anemones.
Sea mat zoanthids (Palythoa tuberculosa), and many larger patches of Button zoanthids or colonial anemones (Zoanthus sp.).
Melted chocolate sponge (Chondrilla australiensis) and some Blue spatula sponge (Lamellodysidea herbacea). There were however, many Thumbs up sea squirts (Polycarpa sp.), most were covered in scummy growth.
Mermaid's fan (Padina sp.) and Knobbly red seaweed (Gracilaria salicornia), the most abundant seaweeds I saw today.
Spoon seagrass (Halophila ovalis) now cover large parts of the rocky portion and some parts of the sandy lagoon!
Tape seagrass (Enhalus acoroides).
Common sea stars (Archaster typicus) although I saw three 'star prints' on the sand. There were several small herons and other shorebirds feeding on the shore.
There are still signs of oil on the shore. Scum still formed on some parts of the lagoon when the tide turned.
upcoming International Coastal Cleanup Singapore (ICCS) exercise!
More about the oil spill on this blog and on the Oil spill facebook page.
Today is the last morning low spring tide for the year! But field trips continue, with the evening tides!