This is the most 'pregnant' seahorse I've ever seen!
When I first saw the Tiger-tail seahorse (Hippocampus comes), I didn't even realise it was a papa. Here's some interesting facts about 'pregnant' papa seahorses....
The morning tides for 2012 have started! Although the spring tides are rather lame, it was low enough to get some shore work done. Today, we had FOUR teams of researchers in one boat. Two teams were heading to St. John's and Lazarus to survey the rocky shores, while Mei Lin's team broke up into two to do both Little and Big Sisters at the same time!
Fluted giant clam (Tridacna squamosa) at Big Sisters Island. After a little searching in the dark and high water, we found it at dawn! Wow, it's grown a lot since it was first spotted about two years ago!
Sargassum seaweed (Sargassum sp.) bloom is over and it was so much easier to explore the big lagoon. Compared to my last trip there in Feb 2012.
octopus grappling with a swimming crab. All that can be seen of the swimming crab in the photo is its orange claw which has little blue spines.
Giant carpet anemone (Stichodactyla gigantea) with an anemone shrimp. There were also many Frilly sea anemones (Phymanthus sp.) as well as Carpet corallimorphs.
Favid corals (Family Faviidae). There are all kinds of them on Sisters Island and most of them seemed alright. There were also many Pore corals (Porites sp.) some of them very large. I didn't see any Cauliflower corals (Pocillopora sp.) though.
Circular mushroom corals (Family Fungiidae), Carnation coral (Pectinia sp.), Crinkled sandpaper coral (Psammocora sp.), Brain anchor coral (Euphyllia ancora), Galaxy coral (Galaxea sp.), Pebble coral (Astreopora sp.), Thin disk coral (Turbinaria sp.), Ridged plate corals (Merulina sp.) and Brain corals (Family Mussidae). I didn't see but Kareen did spot Acropora corals (Acropora sp.).
Anemone corals (Goniopora sp.) in the lagoon were alright.
Leathery soft corals (Family Alcyoniidae) of various kinds. As well as many different kinds of sponges.
Ball sea cucumber (Phyllophorus sp.) on Sisters Island! I first noticed its feeding tentacles sticking out of the sand. Does it mean that Sisters Island is becoming sandier?