during mass coral bleaching in 2016.
There are not a lot of hard corals on Small Sisters Island. Most of the hard corals I saw were alright. Only a few had bleaching or dead portions. The situation seems similar to our last survey here in May 2018.
Giantcarpet anemones, a few Cerianthids, one Asparagus flowery soft coral. Zoanthids were abundant under the jetty, and there were many large patches of Sea matzoanthids. There were also many Posy anemones in the smaller lagoon.
Fluted giant clam (about 15cm), the first time I've seen one at this spot.
Zebra moon snail among the blooming Sargassum only because it was moving so fast. When it stopped moving, it looks just like the little round floats of the seaweed!
In the sandy big lagoon there were several Common sea stars (as well as many Oval moon snails). Under the jetty there were a few feather stars. Scattered on the shore were many Black long sea cucumbers.Silversides as usual. As well as other common small reef fishes. Marcus saw this pretty juvenile angelfish.
Sargassum is already starting to bloom on this little island.
Marine Park and managed by NParks. While Big Sister's Island is open to the public, Small Sister's Island is closed to visits and set aside for research. Our survey today was done with permission from NParks.
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Other shores surveyed
Vincent Choo checked up a Changi shore on 20 Aug
Richard Kuah also surveyed a Changi shore on 20 Aug.
Chay Hoon checked up on East Coast Park on 19 Aug
Vincent Choo was also at East Coast Park on 19 Aug
Richard Kuah surveyed Punggol Point on 18 Aug