Our first morning survey of 2018 is to Cyrene Reef! Although it lies in the middle of an industrial triangle and major shipping lanes, Cyrene has some of Singapore's best shores.
Cyrene's famous large Knobbly sea stars greeted us at our landing point. And Jianlin spotted a well camouflaged Large-toothed flounder among them. Later, I saw a Bartail flathead which was also well camouflaged. Other abundant fishes were Blue-spotted fantail rays. And there were also many Common sea stars everywhere.
Pentaceraster sea star today.
Pore corals and Merulinid corals of various kinds.
Disk corals, some Anemone corals, and some Cauliflower corals. All of them looked well.
Leathery soft corals of various kinds. All of them not bleaching.
Flowery soft corals and they were all not bleaching. There was only one very healthy looking large Leathery sea fan.
Haddon's carpet anemones, Giant carpet anemones. The 'Hat anemone' and one Swimming anemone as well as one Snaky sea anemone. I didn't see any Frilly anemones.
Ramose murex snails! I saw one. This large snail is listed as Endangered in the Singapore Red List. Abel also came across three Fluted giant clams!
Grey bonnet snail. I managed to spot one today.
Reef octopus. These nocturnal creatures usually hide during the day, so we were lucky to see some. This one revealed its presence by the water current it created as it breathed in its hiddy hole.
Keyhole sand dollar as we were about to leave. Our first sighting of this for Cyrene. I also saw a few Black long sea cucumbers, and one White rumped sea cucumber.
White urchins and other animals such as cerianthids.
Tape seagrasses were still cropped short with decaying broken tips.
There were also some patches of seagrasses with 'burnt' tips or covered in blackish growths. I spent most of the time looking at the reefy areas so I didn't see any dugong feeding trails on this trip.
butane gas spill two days ago? Cyrene is also close to the Pulau Busing where there was a massive fire on 20 Mar 2018.
Here's more photos taken by others on this trip
Others on this trip: Marcus Ng, Kelvin Yong