Lush seagrasses seem to have taken over the artificial lagoon at Seringat-Kias! Teeming with sea hares and other marine life.
Seringat-Kias was created by reclaiming the submerged reefs of Seringat and Kias. One of the touted features on this island is the C-shaped 1km long artificial lagoon. Here's more about what was done to create Seringat-Kias. There's marine life on the artificial shore as well as on the natural shores of Lazarus Island.
Haddon's carpet anemones. All were not bleaching and one had a pair of anemone shrimps.
Black-tailed sea hares. But none were found on the northern arm!
Smooth ribbon seagrass from the southern arm to the middle of the lagoon. And large patches of Noodle seagrass towards the northern arm (I had observed Noodle seagrass washing up on the shore since Aug 2015). Everywhere, there were patches of Needle seagrass (narrow leaf blade) mixed with Spoon seagrass (tiny leaf blade). This is similar to what I saw on our last survey in Oct 2017. Unlike our previous surveys, I didn't see patches of Serrated ribbon seagrass, although there were fragments of them that washed up. I also didn't see any Sickle seagrass. The ground was soft and silty in many parts.
Slender pom pom red seaweed washing up, similar to what we saw in Jan 2017, so it might be seasonal. There were also a good variety of other seaweeds growing on the shore.
Giant carpet anemones and many large Aspargus flowery soft corals. None of them were bleaching. Here, I also saw a small clump of Tape seagrass with long leaf blades and had several female flowers that appear to be forming into fruits.
chitons on the seawall!
Let's hope these shores stay safe until we can revisit.
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Others on this trip: Nivedha, Andy.