The super early low tides have started. Prof Daphne leads a predawn anemone hunt. Thanks to Yen-ling we had a comfy ride to Seringat-Kias on the buggy!
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!
Prof Daphne wanted to sort out some puzzling sea anemones on this trip. And fortunately, we managed to see those difficult anemones as well as many other kinds of anemones. We saw 'Bob the blob' (Paracondylactis sinensis), and many Peachia sea anemones (Peachia sp.)., a large Mini carpet anemone (Stichodactyla tapetum), a small Giant carpet anemones (Stichodactyla gigantea), a small Haddon's carpet anemone (Stichodactyla haddoni) with an anemone shrimp. Also the Fire anemone (Actinodendron sp.) I saw on Feb 2012.
Batfish (Platax sp.) was pretending to be a leaf and I simply picked it up.
Blue-spotted fantail ray (Taeniura lymma). There were lots of Spotted moon crabs (Asthoret lunaris) and many Ghost crabs (Ocypode cerathophthalmus).
Strawberry cockle (Fragum unedo)!
Spoon seagrasses (Halophila ovalis) as well as tiny Needle seagrass (Halodule sp.). And this little Olive flatworm among them. There were also many Common sea stars (Archaster typicus).
amazing marine life that have settled here. Perhaps we should find some time to survey this later in the Expedition.
During the Expedition, I will try to post live updates on twitter as well as to facebook and the Mega Marine Survey facebook page. These will get less frequent as I start to do field work. I'm not very good at the smart phone in the field, and also, phone connections are not always strong enough to post regularly. So also check out tweets by participants using the hashtag for the Survey #MegaMarine. These are consolidated on the Mega Marine Survey blog.
Volunteer sign up for the Southern Expedition are already closed due to limited places and early logistical arrangements needed for participation.
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