Today several of my friends accompanyed me to visit this Frog island, Pulau Sekudu in the early wee 0400 hour. Glad they were so on to wake up early and many did not even sleep the night before. This trip has been made possible by Ria though she couldn't be there. It was supposed to be a beachfleas trip but unfortunately Evelyn couldn't make it.
Thanks Chay Hoon for preparing the bumboat transport beforehand. And here is Mr Chua making sure Khairul gets a firm landing on Sekudu after we left Changi.
First thing that caught my eye was this ball sea cucumber (Phyllophorus sp.). They prefer to be buried in the sand.
Brittlestars like to be sheltered in sponges because distasteful and prickly sponges help them ward against predators.
What a crabby place. From left to right, top to bottom: Flower crab, Red swimming crab, thunder crab? and another red swimming crab.
This goby is pretty big and strong ("tested"and proven-just a slight touch)
According to online guide to CJ, These large sea stars are sometimes numerous in the coral rubble area. At other times, they are less often encountered. They come in a wide variety of colours, from brown, red to even green. They were previously only seen from samples dredged from the channel between Pulau Ubin and Pulau Tekong. Little is known about them.
Though the rest might be at Semakau taking the traditional group shot of knobbly sea star (which unfortunately still is not found in CJ and Sekudu after mass death till now), we also had our proud version with the cake sea star! Cheese!
And a view of the majestic Pulai (Alstonia angustiloba) tree of Ubin which is believed to be more than 100 years old!
Thanks Ria and Chay Hoon again for making the trip possible.
Thanks to my wonderful group of friends for being so sporting to see the beautiful creations on Sekudu. I'm sure they enjoyed. Thanks, Gun Kiat and Khairul for driving, and also Shuying, Gerald and Liyuan for coming.
Thank God for the good weather despite weather forecast of rain in morning. Indeed there was rain in morning and that is after I reached home! Wow. And it is still raining now.