My first time spotting this pretty striped snapping shrimp! Little Sisters is small and it's full of life. Today I focused on exploring the rocky rubbly parts while the rest of the team did the usual spots where more exotic stuff is often seen.
Today there is a bloom of Hairy green seaweed (Bryopsis sp.) on the rubbly area. The seaweeds were positively teaming with Bryopsis slugs (Placida daguilarensis)! These slugs suck the sap of the seaweeds and belong the group of Sap-sucking slugs (Order Sacoglossa). Those that are darker have probably sucked a lot of sap, while paler ones may be younger?
Amphipods (Order Amphipoda) are flattened sideways, and Isopods (Order Isopoda) are flattened like pancakes. There are so many different kinds of 'pods'!
Carpet eel blenny (Congrogadus subducens) was lurking among the seaweeds! This is the tiniest carpet eel-blenny I've seen. They can grow up to 30cm long!
octopus pretending to be a rock.
Marine spider (Desis martensi) scrambles past me. This is a true spider that lives on the intertidal! During high tide it hides in air pockets among the rubble. It comes out at low tide to hunt.
Bubble tip sea anemone (Entacmea quadricolor) but with tentacles that are not inflated into bubbles. I didn't know that this sea anemone could have a purple body column!
Frilly sea anemones (Phymanthus sp.).
Freckled goatfishes (Upeneus tragula), Common mojara (Gerres oyena), Tropical silversides (Atherinomorus duodecimalis), Chequered cardinalfish (Apogon margaritophorus), Bengal sergeants (Abudefduf bengalensis).
Painted scorpionfish (Parascorpaena picta)! A little pink around the face, perhaps in an attempt to blend in with the pink Leathery soft coral (Family Alcyoniidae) that it is resting on?
Three-spot damselfish (Pomacentrus tripunctatus).
Pore coral (Porites sp.). And finally got a glimpse of what lives in them. They seem to be some kind of worm!
Acanthozoon sp., a pretty black Pseudobiceros uniarborensis, and a tiny blue and white cf Pseudoceros indicus.
'Super Moon' weekend, because the moon is supposed to be "14% bigger and 30% brighter than other full Moons of 2012". The scientific term for the phenomenon is "perigee moon", when the moon is closer to the Earth than it usually is. Somehow, the moon doesn't look as big in photos as it does in real life. This, apparently, is because the 'bigness' is all in our minds!
Spoon seagrasses (Halophila ovalis), and two Haddon's carpet anemone (Stichodactyla haddoni), one with a pair of anemone shrimps. But I didn't see any Tape seagrass (Enhalus acoroides). On the higher shore there were many Peachia anemones (Peachia sp.) and a few large Common sea stars (Archaster typicus). Of course, Chay Hoon and the rest of the team found lots of slugs here. This amazing shore is surrounded by large ships and is near some of our busy shipping lanes and industrial islands.
Yellow-lipped sea krait (Laticauda colubrina), and lots of other exciting encounters which they will blog about later.
Tomorrow, we hope to explore a very special part of Sentosa!
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