Fire anemone (Actinodendron sp.) at the artificial shores of Seringat-Kias
Seringat-Kias was created by reclaiming the submerged reefs of Seringat and Kias. One of the touted features on this island is the C-shaped 1km long artificial lagoon. Here's more about what was done to create Seringat-Kias. Marine life has settled in this artificial lagoon!
Our last trip here was in July 2011, how are the shores doing today? The seagrasses on the artificial sandy shore seems to be doing well! There were lots of tiny Spoon seagrasses (Halophila ovalis) as well as tiny Needle seagrass (Halodule sp.). Among the snails I saw was this pretty little China moon snail (Natica onca), with a seagrass blade stuck on its shell.
Firebrand murex (Chicoreus torrefactus) seemed to be eating a Bazillion snails (Batillaria zonalis). There were indeed lots of Bazillion snails as well as Dubious nerites (Clithon oulaneinsis).
Brown sweetlips (Plectorinchus gibbosus). Juveniles drift with the moving water mimicking floating leaves and flotsam, sometimes even tilting sideways to appear more leaf-like.
Striped eeltail catfishes (Plotosus lineatus).
Spangled emperor (Lethrinus nebulosus), two small Yellow-eyed pufferfishes (Arothron immaculatus) and a tiny Cresent perch (Terapon jarbua).
Common sea stars (Archaster typicus). Many were in 'mating position'. Their reproductive organs do not actually meet. Sperm is merely released by the male when the female releases her eggs, for external fertilisation.
Spotted moon crabs (Asthoret lunaris), many Ghost crabs (Ocypode cerathophthalmus), one Hairy sea hare (Bursatella leachii) and many Peachia sea anemones (Peachia sp.).
Laganum sand dollar (Laganum depressum) but didn't see any live ones. I also didn't see any living Cake sand dollars (Arachnoides placenta).
I then left Seringat-Kias and headed out for the natural shores of Lazarus Island. There's beautiful coastal forests, rocky shores, sandy shores and a bit of a reef on this island. How nice to see a Spider conch (Lambis lambis) on this natural rocky shore.
Red-eyed reef crabs (Eriphia ferox), piles of Lightning dove snails (Pictocolumbella ocellata) and dotted with Frilly sea anemones (Phymanthus sp.).
Haddon's carpet anemone (Stichodactyla haddoni) with a very very small anemone shrimp! I didn't manage to see any Giant carpet anemones (Stichodactyla gigantea).
Long black sea cucumber (Holothuria leucospilota). When out of water, they squish up into blobs. They generally hide under rocks and stones. The one on the left photo had produced little balls of 'processed sand', a polite word for poop!
fanworms and carpet of zoanthids.
Favid corals, Family Faviidae), various kinds of zoanthids and sponges.
prawns, and lots of little fishes.
land hermit crabs (Coenobita sp.)! Hermit crabs need empty shells to protect their soft butts. Don't take empty shells home. A hermit crab's life may depend on it!
Lazarus coastal forest. I saw the large Brown-scurfy fig (Ficus consociata) with pretty orange figs that I saw in Feb 2011. It seems to be doing very well, although there were many trees that had fallen over all along the coastal forest. I hope this tree clings on!
Sea almond (Terminalia catappa) trees were blooming furiously, and hanging low so I could take some good photos of the flowers! Joseph Lai did a fantastic job of documenting the flora of Lazarus Island in Dec 06. Joe notes that "Lazarus has the rare distinction for being home to possibly the last surviving Sindora wallichii tree [of the Changi Tree fame] found in the Southern Islands of Singapore today."
Pink spotted bead anemone (Anthopleura buddemeieri)! Our first record of it on Lazarus Island. He also found a Cryptic sea star (Cryptasterina sp.) which he first noticed during our Jul 2011 trip. Also magnificent sea anemones with 'Nemos' and more: read all about it on his blog. Chay Hoon of course finds all kinds of slugs and snails! Russel found an Arabian cowrie!
Kok Sheng's photos of this submerged wonderland.
|Photo by Loh Kok Sheng.|
Chay Hoon has reminded me that the annual coral spawning season is upon us. Any day soon, we expect our hard corals to release eggs and sperm at the same time. This usually happens on the fourth month, four days after the full moon, and coincidentally, usually closer to Easter!
Posts by others about this trip
- Kok Sheng with lobster, large sea urchins, magnificent sea anemone and more!
- Russel with great video clips of Arabian cowrie; sea hares; enormous sea anemone with 'Nemos'; underwater at the pontoon and lots more photos.
- Jerome shares some scenery and amazing finds.
- Jocelyne with more photos flatworms, weird slugs and more. And also on her blog.