Knobbly sea stars, dugong feeding trails, giant clam and other amazing sightings, Cyrene is one of our favourite shores. Alas, it was noticeably sandier today. Affected by nearby reclamation? And we also came across large fish traps.
Here's a glimpse at some of the interesting marine life I saw at Cyrene.
Aug 2018. But I still came across a few furrows that look like dugong feeding trails.
Cake sand dollars. The tide was a little high to survey the reefier parts, but the corals on the higher shore seemed to be doing alright.
Common sea stars, some with locked arms in 'mating' position. But I saw one that was humped up on its arms. I'm not sure what is going on - perhaps about to release eggs or sperm?
Fluted giant clam. I saw one Ramose murex snail and the rest of the team saw some too. I couldn't find the Pentaceraster sea star today.
Many patches of Sickle seagrass had badly burnt leaves.
Tape seagrass. Only very short cropped ones.
Halimeda seaweed, which are hard and incorporate calcium. I've seen this also on other shores impacted by heavy sedimentation like Tuas and Sentosa.
|Image from the MPA website|
|From Port Marine Notice 109 of 2018.|
Neil also came across several huge fish traps (bubu). Nicholas shared this photo of one of the traps. Fortunately, we didn't come across any nets.
Let's hope Cyrene stays safe until we can visit again.
Photos by others on this trip
Choo Yi Feng
Others on this trip: Neil Hutchinson, Andy.