I saw four Copperband butterflyfish (Chelmon rostratus) on our trip yesterday! Three tiny and one was medium-sized.
Often overlooked, masses of teeny tiny Dubious nerites (Clithon oualaniensis) in a bewildering variety of colours and patterns.
snapping shrimps (Family Alpheidae).
Haddon's carpet anemones (Stichodactyla haddoni) in the now large Ribbon seagrass meadows seem to be doing well and many had Five-spot anemone shrimps (Periclimenes brevicarpalis)!
Spotted orange hermit crabs (Dardanus megistos), many Swimming crabs (Family Portunidae) of all kinds, small Spotted moon crabs (Ashtoret lunaris), a Red egg crab (Atergatis integerrimus)! Also many small Flower crabs (Portunus pelagicus). There were also many shrimps small and large especially after sunset.
Swimming anemone (Boloceroides mcmurrichi) stuck to a rock.
Silverside (Atherinomours duodecimalis) seemed attracted to my torch and I managed to take a good look at it.
Discodoris boholiensis which I seem to be seeing regularly now at Tanah Merah.
Spotted black flatworms (Acanthozoon sp.) which I've also been seeing recently at Tanah Merah.
banded ones and orange ones. Some were found in clusters like this bunch.
Pink moon snail (Natica zonalis), a medium sized Dolphin shell snail (Angaria delphinus), many conical Spotted top shell snail (Trochus maculatus) and lots of Dwarf turban snails (Turbo bruneus).
Ghost crabs (Ocypode cerathophthalmus).
Button zoanthids or colonial anemones (Zoanthus sp.) (long photo on the right).
Smooth ribbon seagrass (Cymodocea rotundata) had long leaf blades. The small patch of Tape seagrass (Enhalus acoroides) in the middle of the lagoon seems alright with long leaf blades! The patch of Sickle seagrass (Thalassia hemprichii) had rather chomped leaf blades though, and I didn't come across any Spoon seagrass (Halophila ovalis).
Common sea stars (Archaster typicus) although I missed seeing them.
The upper shore was totally clear of plastic trash! But crude oil still remained on large areas of the low shore.
More about the oil spill on this blog and on the Oil spill facebook page.