Thanks to Nick for inviting me to join his students in an anemone hunt at Cyrene Reef.
May 2017 or Feb 2017.
Knobbly sea stars come in all kinds of colours and knob patterns. It was also nice to see some smaller Knobblies as it shows that babies are settling and growing on Cyrene.
Pentaceraster sea star. On Cyrene, we also often see a kind of intermediate sea star between the Knobbly sea star and Pentaceraster sea star.
Banded bead anemones commonly seen on our shores. But Nick had examined them and they are Heteranthus verruculatus or what I call the "Hat anemone".It has little bumps on the oral disk! Wow!
Giant carpet anemone, Haddon's carpet anemone, Mini carpet anemone. We also saw one Fire anemone, many Frilly anemones and one Peachia anemone. There were also some Banded bead anemones on the rocky shores.
Reef murex obviously furiously laying egg capsules. Wow, I've never noticed this before.
Pore corals, many small Cauliflower corals and one Anemone coral. They were all not bleaching.
Leathery soft corals, one Asparagus flowery soft coral with bright orange brittlestars, and many small Spiky flowery soft corals. They were all not bleaching.