We arrived well before dawn. The lights on Changi from House No. 1 with Pulau Sekudu. The waters are really calm in the mornings!
Posy anemone was the most abundant anemone on the coral rubble near the Beacon. There were a lot of Haddon's carpet anemones, especially in the seagrass meadows, but also on the coral rubble area. I didn't see any that were bleaching.
Knobbly sea stars, many Biscuit sea stars (which were the most abundant sea stars I saw today), one Painted sand star and one Cake sea star.
perch, rabbitfishes and emperors among the seagrasses.
Yellow horn sponges and Yellow bumpy sponges. I couldn't find any hard corals, but the water was rather high. I saw one colony of Spiky flowery soft corals.
Button zoanthids had several other animals living among them including a fan worm and a Shy glass cerianthid. There were also many Flowery sea pens, Spiky sea pens and a few Common cerianthids.
Candelabra sea fan had tiny Colourful brittle stars on it.
wide-leaved Needle seagrasses! The other commonly seen seagrasses were there too and they seemed fine. None of them were bleaching. There was also a good assortment of seaweeds. None of the seaweeds were blooming.
Sea Apple sea cucumber. There were many Garlic bread sea cucumbers small to medium sized. I saw one Thorny sea cucumber, one purple sea cucumber and one Black long sea cucumber. Also several Synaptid sea cucumbers. I also saw about 10 large White sea urchins.
Ornate sea slug. But I'm not good at finding slugs.
The main purpose of the trip was to take sunrise photos! Here's the boardwalk with Dr Chua and his team on the horizon working hard.
Pulau Sekudu and the House No. 1 jetty.
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