Cyrene Reef which is quite close to the big fire at the Shell refinery at Pulau Bukom. Renewed explosions at noon today suggested it was irresponsible to visit Cyrene, risking inhalation of fumes and getting in the way of people with a serious job to do.
Tanah Merah seldom fails to amaze, even though it suffered from a massive oil spill more than a year ago. I saw three of these cheerful looking Spotted orange hermit crabs (Dardanus megistos)! I also saw one Striped hermit crab (Clibanarius infraspinatus).
Spiral melongena snail (Pugilina cochlidium) that's in the process of laying egg capsules.
blenny (Family Blennidae).
Common sea stars (Archaster typicus), many in 'mating position'. From sightings by the rest of the Team, there were more than 40 of them on the shore today.
Bazillion snails (Batillaria zonalis) as well as tiny delicately patterned Dubious nerites (Clithon oualaniensis).
Stone crab (Myomenippe hardwicki) and many Swimming crabs (Family Portunidae). Crabs are more active and easily spotted during a night trip. Also many small shrimps. The bigger shrimps seem to only come out at night.
Pore corals (Porites sp.) and even more abundant Favid corals (Family Faviidae), I also saw one colony of Anemone corals (Goniopora sp.) and Disk coral. I also saw two large patches of Button zoanthids or colonial anemones (Zoanthus sp.).
sea fan (Order Gorgonacea)! She and Marcus also spotted all kinds of other interesting marine life like the Bearded filefish (Anacanthus barbatus), Razorfish (Family Centriscidae), Batfish (Family Ephipiidae) and more! See their blogs for more (links below).
Smooth ribbon seagrass (Cymodocea rotundata) that is growing here.
Tape seagrass (Enhalus acoroides), while Siti and her friends are looking at a patch of Sickle seagrass (Thalassia hemprichii) nearer the seawall.
International Coastal Cleanup two weeks ago. But new litter has landed on the shore.
Andy earlier told me that there are signs of new oil spill on Tanah Merah. Indeed, today I saw that an assortment of litter covered in varying amounts of oil.
not due to the fire at Bukom.
More about the oil spill on this blog and on the Oil spill facebook page.
Others who posted about this trip
- Meilin with awesome fish sightings and more!