tailed-slugs. I didn't notice coral bleaching, but some of the seagrasses are crisping.
I saw this cute little slug and Chay Hoon identified it as a tailed-slug. At first I thought it was a voracious gymnodoris nudibranch that eats other slugs!
a really pretty tailed-slug. And Chay Hoon found a striped tailed-slug. Chay Hoon says all these slugs might be first records for Singapore! Cyrene is simply amazing!
This bundle of tentacles turned out to be a pair of Blue dragon nudibranchs mating!
I saw one large Forskal's sidegill slug. The rest saw many of them, so they must be in season again!Estuarine moray eel on Cyrene.
Olive snail on Cyrene.
Olive snail on Cyrene.
Walker's cowrie. Which Chee Kong found on Cyrene and identified some years back.
Reef box crab, our first sighting of this on Cyrene. The pincers of box crabs are specialised for cracking open snail shells. The snail is gripped in the left pincer which has pointed claws. With the right pincer, which is stronger, the crab cuts pieces of the shell from the shell opening. Once the gap is big enough, the crab can enjoy its snail meal.
Snaky sea anemones, Swimming anemones, Giant carpet anemones as well as some cerianthids.
Common sea stars. I believe Cyrene Reef probably has the largest number of these sea stars of all our shores. As well as Cake sand dollars on the sand bars.
Pencil sea urchins and this one was clutching on to a small piece of rubble when I turned it over. There were also many small to medium sized White salmacis sea urchins.
white-rumped sea cucumber? Or something else. So much more to learn and discover!
Knobbly sea stars. It appears they have all moved to another part of the reef which I didn't visit. Kok Sheng found them there. One of those that I did see had a little green Arrowhead crab on it.
Pentaceraster sea star that Kok Sheng found. Kok Sheng found another one later on while Jianlin found another elsewhere too. It's good to know these sea stars are still reproducing on Cyrene Reef.
Spoon seagrasses which were still green even those growing on the exposed parts of the shore.
Needle seagrass and bleaching Serrated ribbon seagrass.
Tape seagrass managed to grow quite long before alas, it too got crisped and burnt.
Noodle seagrasses were bleaching!This is the first time I've noticed this.
Haddon's carpet anemone that seemed to be about to bleach. But the others that I saw were alright.
there might be global mass coral bleaching in 2015, so it's important to keep an eye on our reefs. I didn't manage to reach the reefiest part of Cyrene. But the hard corals I saw were all alright. I didn't come across any that were bleaching.
Leathery soft corals and they were not bleaching either.
Asparagus flowery soft corals were a little yellow (left photo) but most were nice and purple (right photo).
Jul 2014 when we nearly died. Fortunately, we had a calm and wonderful trip this time!
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