an industrial triangle and major shipping lanes, Cyrene has some of Singapore's best seagrass meadows. We saw dugong feeding trails, large Knobbly sea stars and other awesome marine life!
We were welcomed at arrival by clusters of many Knobbly sea stars. Among them, Marcus found the ones which appear to be a hybrid. There were also many Common sea stars everywhere.
Pentaceraster sea star, whose scientific name means Nippled sea star...haha!
dugong feeding trails. We saw them on our trip in Jan 2018, Dec 2017 and Aug 2017 too.
Diadema sea urchins. I took a lousy underwater video of them and only when I got home, realised there was a little Reef octopus behind one of the sea urchins! We only saw a few White sea urchins.
Jorunna nudibranchs apparently mating (Diandrea really wanted to see nudibranchs!). Chew Peng spotted a Red egg crab. There were lots of swimming crabs of various kinds everywhere. We saw lots of Black long sea cucumbers, one Garlic bread sea cucumber and one White rumped sea cucumber. The seagrasses seemed well but I only saw a few clumps of long Tape seagrass, most of those I saw were still cropped short.
Ramose murex, feeding on a Fan shell clam! This large snail is listed as Endangered in the Singapore Red List. So far, we only know of recent sightings of them at Changi and Cyrene Reef. Other molluscs included Moon snails and their sand collar egg mass, Olive snails, Reef murex snails, living Fan shell clams.
Cauliflower corals, some Disk corals and one Anemone coral.
leathery soft corals are back!
cerianthids, a Snaky sea anemone, many healthy flowery soft corals and even one leathery sea fan.
Thanks to everyone for a lovely trip without any loss of life or equipment.
Others on this trip: Marcus Ng, Karl, Faiq.
Chris Wong shared lovely photos of awesome finds!
Karl Png has great photos and finds too
Liz Lim shared awesome photos and finds from areas the rest of the team didn't cover.
Thanks to Marcus Ng for leading our walk and finding cool stuff, and of course these awesome photos.
More photos by Diandrea Ho.