|A shy yellow filefish as the sun rises over Cyrene. |
At night, fishes are easier to find and photograph. Unlike in the daytime, when they are well hidden. I saw many fishes typical of our reefs on our early morning survey. These include large but well camouflaged ones like filefishes. And smaller colourful ones like butterflyfishes and damselfishes and wrasses.Head-striped goby displayed its fins and shiny bits for me! This rather large goby is common on the reefs, but seldom seen during the day.
Fringe-eyed flatheads out in the open, probably waiting for prey to pass near by. At night, they won't rush away immediately when we step carefully close to them. In the daytime they are probably buried just beneath the sand.
Blue-spotted fantail ray that lay quietly as I approached it.
reef octopuses I saw were very shy, and small. And they are hard to spot when they stop moving, and change colours and texture to match their surroundings! But by waiting patiently without moving, eventually, they will start moving again. I managed a half shot of one tiny octopus swooping past my bootie.
The sandy area doesn't seem so rich as before. I only saw a few Common sea stars and Cake sand dollars. There were a lot of Oval moon snails, but Kok Sheng came across this interesting moon snail which might be the Eggwhite moon snail.
dugong feeding trails. I saw many feeding trails on our last survey in this area in Jun 2020.
Knobbly sea stars as soon as we landed on the western end of Cyrene. We missed seeing them for some time. Today, I saw lots of them further west of our landing point! It seems they really do prefer to be on seagrass.
an industrial triangle and major shipping lanes, Cyrene has some of Singapore's most amazing shores. The 'star' of Cyrene are the Knobbly sea stars, so we are glad to see them still present in numbers on the western end of this submerged reef.
ongoing reclamation at Jurong Island might be affecting Cyrene.
|Image from the MPA website|
From Port Marine Notice 109 of 2018, these reclamation works have been going on since Jan 2018 and expected to be completed in May 2019. I had noticed the reclamation during our Apr 2018 survey.
|From Port Marine Notice 109 of 2018.|
Photos by others on this survey
Loh Kok Sheng