How nice to find a Giant carpet anemone with a Clown anemonefish. Later, the rest of the team told me they saw more than one anemonefish sheltering in the anemone. This might be same ones we saw on our last trip here in Feb 2015.
Head-stripe goby that is usually found in reefs.
Ornate goby and Frill-fin goby.
Mosaic dragonet, which is our first entry for St. John's Island in the factsheet of this fascinating little fish.
Copperband butterflyfish, some tiny Filefishes, and a tiny Fringe-eyed flathead.
Very hairy hermit crab, which I often see in large heavy shells like this Spider conch shell. They are often seen on this shore.
Marine spider is very common on our shores and often found climbing up our pants!
Sargassum seaweed. These shelter all kinds of animals, including this tiny Hairy sea hare. I'm astounded that I managed to see it.
Hairy seahare, which is identified not just by its 'hairs' but also the tiny electric blue dots on its body.
egg capsules probably laid by a squid.
Leathery soft corals that I saw were not bleaching. To properly see the corals, we need to go on a much lower tide when the Sargassum season is over, like our trip in May 2014.
Knobbly sea star! We saw many more on our last trip here in Feb 2015. But we didn't find any Sundial snails or Haddon's carpet anemones like we did on our previous trip. But there were many Common sea stars in both lagoons.
Purple climber crabs on the rocky shore, and tiny Sand bubbler crabs on the sandy shore.
Frilly anemones and Long black sea cucumbers.
Barrel sponges, and other encrusting creatures such as ascidians.
Spoon seagrass with tiny leaf blades. And some clumps of Tape seagrass on this shore. This clump was bearing fresh female flowers.
Nyireh laut trees. We only have a handful of these Critically Endangered trees, some here and one other growing at Sentosa. The big mother tree seems alright, although she seemed to have lost the branches on one side. Perhaps broken off by some branches falling off the coastal forest?
Photos by others on this trip
- Johnson Ong on facebook.
- Victor Toh on facebook.
- Marcus Ng on facebook.
- Ian Siah on facebook.
- Adriane Lee on facebook.
- Iris Ng on facebook.