Here's what the magnificent creature looks like. The snail is listed as Endangered in Singapore.
Shell briefing on this in September.
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Another of my goals this trip is to check up on the seagrass situation on Terumbu Semakau. Alas, the lush seagrass meadows that I saw in the past are gone. There were only small patches of seagrasses, mostly covered in epiphytes and badly 'chomped' Tape seagrass (Enhalus acoroides).
This was the 'densest' patch of seagrasses I came across.
May 2012. The situation looks even more dire now. This situation has been going on for more than a year. The seagrass meadows were already sparse when we visited in March 2011. Let's hope the seagrasses recover soon.
Cauliflower corals (Pocillopora sp.). But the polyps are still brown and when submerged, the white skeleton is not so obvious. There were a few colonies with yellowing or pale portions but I didn't see any colonies that were fully bleaching.
Asparagus soft corals (Family Nephtheidae) were rather yellow, while others were the more normal purple. I saw a few large leathery soft corals (Family Alcyoniidae) and none were bleaching.
Acropora corals (Acropora sp.).
Montipora corals (Montipora sp.)! The patch was about 10m square.
Sargassum seaweed (Sargassum sp.). But the rest spent much time here and Kok Sheng found special corals, sea anemones and another Fluted giant clam (Tridacna squamosa)!
Alicia sea anemone (Alicia sp.) which we rarely encounter. It has a really nasty sting so we handle it very carefully. Here's some studio shots of this wondrous creature.
Giant sea anemones (Stichodactyla gigantea), one of them with a big 'Nemo' or False clown anemonefish (Amphiprion ocellaris) hiding in it. Also two Fire anemone (Actinodendron sp.), and many beautiful Magnificent anemone (Heteractis magnifica). As well as one Haekel's anemone (Actinostephanus haekeli)!
Upside-down jellyfish (Cassiopea sp.), which is rather common on Pulau Semakau. Jim is going to have a closer look at it to see if it glows in the dark.
Common sea star (Archaster typicus), this animal is no longer as common as it used to be. This is my first time seeing it on Terumbu Semakau. This sea star is still among the most widely distributed of sea stars in Singapore.
June, we saw a boat strike on the opposite side of this reef.