Today I had the pleasure of sharing Sisters Island with a very lively team from Asia Pacific Breweries hosted by NParks.
Our first teeny tiny encounter is with a Strawberry slug that is often seen in Solitary fan seaweeds.
Hairy crab that is often seen on our rocky shores. It is not the same Hairy crab that we eat. She later found a Swimming crab, and we also had a closer look at a crab moult.
Carpet anemone! And it had a pair of anemone shrimps in it. The female is larger with more obvious white spots while the male tends to be smaller and more transparent. Later on, we saw a Giant carpet anemone among the rocks, but it didn't have any 'Nemos'.
ribbon worm! It is so long that we wonder if we are seeing two worms. Yet this one is rather small for its species. These can reach more than 1m in length! They are fierce predators on the reefs.
Variable fang blenny in a bottle! What great spotting! It's actually my first sighting of this fish at Sisters Island! Bravo! Too bad I didn't take a good photo of it.
Fan shell clam. Animals have a role on shore, dead or alive! Another interesting fish spotted by the APB team was a lively worm eel.
Carnation coral. We also saw some Pore corals, and many kinds of Favid corals. But the water was rather high, and murky and there was lots of seaweed, so it was a little difficult to see them.
Anemone coral, which is a hard coral that is often mistaken for a sea anemone because of the long polyps.
egg capsules attached to seaweeds. These were laid by some kind of cuttlefish or squid!
Common sea stars! I usually only see a handful of these on a trip. But today, we must have seen about 20 of them! Jonathan and Linda also found a Long black sea cucumber which is related to the sea stars!
Giant top shell snail! This snail is getting rare as it is often overcollected. We had a look at its flexible 'door' used to seal the shell opening, and Sam found us a Turban snail which has a hard door!
More about the Sisters Island on wildsingapore. And more about the Mega Marine Survey.