Well before dawn, a tiny team headed out to find out how the seagrass meadows at Sentosa's natural shores are doing.
TeamSeagrass monitoring today.
The seagrasses at Sentosa seem to be doing well. Today, we saw lots
of Spoon seagrasses (Halophila ovalis) and Tape seagrasses (Enhalus acoroides). Siti also saw some Sickle
seagrass (Thalassia hemprichii) here in Apr 2012, but we didn't come across it today.
Hairy green seaweed (Bryopsis sp.).
As we monitor, we also come across sea creatures. Sharp-eyed Shao Wei spotted an octopus! As I tried to take a photo of it, it decided to take a closer look at my tiny Sneaky Swimming Camera! Before it disappeared into a burrow.
Giant sea anemone (Stichodactyla gigantea) that I first saw many years ago. It's still in the same spot! How nice to see that it is still there and doing well. Sea anemone can live for decades, so this is not surprising. I also saw a Frilly anemones (Phymanthus sp.).
Giant top shell snail (Trochus niloticus). This snail is quite common on Sentosa's rocky reefs.
Hairy crab (Family Pilumnidae). It is covered with hairs which fluff up when it is in water.
Pore hard coral (Porites sp.) has signs of fish bites all over it.
leathery soft coral (Family Alcyoniidae).
Favid corals (Family Faviidae)!
Pore hard corals (Porites sp.). I saw some Favid corals (Family Faviidae), one Small goniopora corals (Goniopora sp.). Also a small clump of Feathery soft corals and many small sponges such as the Yellow volcano sponge (Spheciospongia sp.) and Chocolate sponges (Spheciospongia cf. vagabunda).
leathery soft corals (Family Alcyoniidae) of all kinds. None of the animals I saw were bleaching. Hurray!
install floating 'security barriers' along the shores of Sentosa which seem to include some part of this natural shore. Let's hope this work will not permanently damage the seagrasses here.
Monitoring will help us know how the work affects them. I did this stretch alone in Oct 2011, and another stretch of seagrasses at Sentosa last month.