For the first time, today I saw the fruit of Sickle seagrass! Amazing that despite all the years of seagrass work, neither Siti nor I have seen this before!
Here's a closer look at the amazing little fruit of the Sickle seagrass (Thalassia hemprichii). It was only about 1cm tall and looks like a tiny version of the fruit of Tape seagrass (Enhalus acoroides)! Thanks to Siti's advice, I managed to gently slice it open to reveal the single large seed inside the fruit!
teeming with all kinds of fishes including huge pipefishes. Alas, the pool is still empty and blue. I worry that the Tape seagrasses will never grow back here again. Sigh. But on a positive note, the Smooth ribbon seagrass (Cymodocea rotundata) seems to have expanded its coverage greatly!
Knobbly sea stars (Protoreaster nodosus). Siti and I are amazed to learn that Maxine has never seen one of these before! Well, hopefully the huge numbers of them on Cyrene will make it up to her.
Carpet anemones (Stichodactyla haddoni) with an anemone shrimp (Periclimenes brevicarpalis) separated from it, as the tide was very low. While I was on Cyrene, I only saw the big fat female shrimp and totally missed her male partner.
Egg white moon snail (Polinices albumen), which so far I only encounter regularly on Cyrene.
White sea urchins (Salmacis sp) population boom seems to be over. I saw fewer sea urchins today, and some were clearly dying. This one is already losing its spines and being eaten by hermit crabs.
Olive snail (Oliva miniacea) burrowing in the sand.
Giant clams (Tridacna sp.)!
flaring over Jurong Island.
in the middle of the industrial triangle and yet it has amazing marine life!
Lunar New Year always coincides with spring tides because both are influenced by the moon!