A glorious day out at St. John's Island yesterday with a small team.
Just minutes from the Central Business District lies the beautiful natural rocky shores of St. John's Island!
Nyireh laut trees here. We only have a handful of these Critically Endangered trees, some here and one other growing at Sentosa. The big mother tree seems alright. The two other smaller trees nearby were also doing fine.
Spider conch and a contracted Frilly sea anemone.
Giant top shell snail, I saw a Very hairy hermit crab that was too shy to come all the way out. It's my first time seeing this hermit crab on St. John's Island.
Leathery sea fan. My first sighting of it for St. John's Island.
Clown anemonefish in a Giant carpet anemone!
Long black sea cucumber. Then I realised it was the sea cucumber's gut. The sea cucumber can eject its gut, together with white sticky stuff in order to dispel disturbers. It will eventually regrow its guts, but this takes a long time so please don't purposely annoy sea cucumbers.
landslide site that was cemented over is starting to get overgrown by plants.
Sand paper coral.
Leathery soft corals and many fragmented ones. They didn't seem too healthy but were not bleaching.
Spoon seagrasses here.
Knobbly sea stars?
Pentaceraster sea star. So much more to figure out on our shores.
Garlic bread sea cucumbers. Or are they something else?
Clear sundial snails in the seagrass area. We found several small snails here. There were also several small Haddon's carpet anemones.
fiddler crabs that look like they are in mating position. I find it odd that the female is a lot larger than the male! I found them in the muddier, sandier part of the swimming lagoon, which also had many Common sea stars.
Tape seagrasses growing below the low water mark were still long and green. But a few clumps growing above the low water mark were crisping up.
May 2014. We don't get to visit it as often as we would like to. I hope it stays well until we return.
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