Early in the morning, visitors and dedicated NParks officers and volunteers gather at Pasir Panjang Ferry Terminal to take a boat out to Sisters Island.
Bubble tip anemone with a 'Nemo' (aka False clown anemonefishes). It's like an outdoor aquarium but one which we don't have to clean or feed the fishes!
Fluted giant clam not far from the dry part of the shore. A little bit of sloshing and we can have a look at this amazing animal that settled naturally in the lagoon, it was not planted here. There are also lots of corals around it, as well as at a 'coral garden' in another corner of the big lagoon. Corals seen include Brain coral, Montipora coral, Galaxy coral, Circular mushroom coral and Anemone coral. We also saw many Frilly sea anemones.
Carpet anemones on the shore. They feel a little 'sticky' when we touch it gently (No poking!). This is because it is stinging our skin but our skin is too thick so we don't feel the stingers. But small animals like fishes and shrimps can be overcome by these stingers.
anemone shrimps that we often see living in the large Carpet anemones on Sisters Islands and our other shores.
Long black sea cucumber in a pool. This creature can defend itself by squirting out its guts, which entangle the mouth of any predator that tries to nibble on it. Nearby, there are lots and lots of tiny hermit crabs in all kinds of shells.
Moon snails burrowing there. We gently have a closer look at the snail and the golden 'door' it uses to shut the hole in its shell. Someone remarked that the door is the colour of maple syrup. We also had a look at a sand collar, the egg mass of the Moon snail.
Fan clam. This clam is usually buried pointy end down and has 'hairs' to anchor itself in the ground.
Common sea stars in the small lagoon! We gently have a closer look at its underside and observe how quickly it can burrow into the sand.
squid eggs laid in the middle of this clumps of Tape seagrass. Around us, little patches of Spoon seagrass. Seagrasses form an important underwater meadow where small fishes and creatures find shelter.
Giant top shell snail, Spotted top shell snails, Black margined nudibranch, Hairy crab aka Teddybear crab. Also the moult of a Sally-lightfoot crab and the skeleton of a Heart urchin.
All too soon, the tide turns and it's time to leave the Sisters Island. Thanks to NParks for organising the walks, and for letting me be a part of it. Thanks also to other volunteers who turned up to guide and to look for interesting things. And not least, thanks to the visitors who made time for the walk and found so many interesting things too!
video clip of the awesome aerial views of the Sisters Islands taken by the Drone by Heng Pei Yan aka Drone Commander. Check out more aerial views on the SG Sea Drone facebook page.
|Diagram from the NParks website.|
|Date||Time||Online registration* period|
|7.30am - 9.30am||FULLY BOOKED|
|7.30am - 9.30am||FULLY BOOKED|
I will be guiding these dates, so hopefully, I would see you then?
- More about the Marine Park in these media reports.
- More about Sisters Island how to get there and what to see and do.
- More photos of Sisters Islands on wildsingapore flickr.
- My previous blog posts about Sisters Islands.