We're heading to Cyrene again, my third trip here this week! This time, with a small team to help Siti clear up the seagrass experiment site there.
As usual, Alex and his crew at Summit Marine gets us all safely and quickly onto the submerged reef.
Grey bonnet snail (Phalium glaucum) probably on its way to burrow into the sand for the day. These snails seem common on Cyrene, but are only seen in numbers at night.
guiding a team from MPA. But we met up with Siti and the team briefly then.
Sickle seagrass (Thalassia hemprichii), while I went to gather some samples of seagrasses for Siti's upcoming Seagrass Workshop. I noticed some of the Serrated ribbon seagrasses (Cymodocea serrulata) had reddish bands on the leaf blades. I wonder what that means?
Snaky sea anemone (Macrodactyla doreensis).
Swimming anemones (Boloceroides mcmurrichi) and tiny ones too stuck to seagrass blades. Tucked among the seagrasses, tiny Carpet anemones!
night trip to Cyrene a few days earlier.
anemone with large polka-dots on the body column that we've also seen at Changi.
cerianthids (Order Ceriantharia), also called Peacock anemones because of their colourful variety. Although they look like sea anemones, they are not true sea anemones.
octopus who stayed still enough for me to take a close up photo with clumsy Sneaky Swimming Camera!
Star Trackers back on Cyrene after many years of absence. They are the Knobbly sea star experts! He had a look at the Knobbly sea stars (Protoreaster nodosus) situation here. He thinks it's time to do more studies on them, particularly on the population of baby Knobblies. Hurray!
Seagrass Workshop on 2 Jul (Mon). The workshop is FREE! Come and join us if you want to find out more about our seagrasses and how you can make a difference for them.
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