The search goes to Cyrene today, with Dr Sérgio N. Stampar, an expert in cerianthids (peacock anemones).
It was a relief to find many cerianthids today. But it appears they were only of at most two species. Compared to yesterday's trip to Changi where we found many different species. Also called peacock anemones, cerianthids are related to but are not true sea anemones. Unlike sea anemones, cerianthids build a tube to live in (and hence also called tube anemones) and they have ring of short tentacle in the center, with a ring of longer outer tentacles.
Giant carpet anemones, one Magnificent anemone, one Frilly anemone and one Snaky anemone. I also saw a few Haddon's carpet anemones. There were lots of Banded bead anemones, although they might be something else. And Chay Hoon found the Brown peachia which was first described from Singapore by Nicholas Yap!
White sea urchins on Cyrene. There were a lot of the urchins today! Here's a video of one of the sea urchins walking by moving its spines. It also has lots of long tube feet.
Tape seagrass! Although there were also still many that were cropped. I also came across a large patch of Smooth ribbon seagrass.
Sickle seagrass. Chay Hoon point out a fruit that had opened, it looks like a flower.
Knobbly sea stars, scattered across the seagrass meadows. Most of them were medium sized.
mass coral bleaching last year. There were few living corals. But I didn't see any bleaching corals.
zoanthids of various kinds.
in the middle of the industrial triangle made up of the massive industries on Jurong Island, huge refineries on Pulau Bukom and the world-class container terminals at Pasir Panjang.
Meanwhile, the rest of the team explored Changi and saw special animals.
More photos by Marcus Ng.