On one of the last few morning low tide trips of the year, we visited Seringat-Kias and Lazarus this morning. Ivan and myself decided to explore a lagoon that we rarely visit and it was my first time checking this part of the shore out.
This Pygmy squid (Idiosepius sp.) is commonly seen on many of our shores, among seagrasses and near reefs and rubble.
Penaeid prawns (Family Penaeidae) from small to large scurrying by the edge of the lagoon.
Common sea stars (Archaster typicus) found along one stretch of the lagoon.
Dawn flatworm (Pseudobiceros uniarborensis) but it has a black edge instead of the usual white edge. Not too sure what the identity of this critter is.
Oysters (Family Ostreidae) with some of the Nerite snails (Family Neritidae).
Disk coral (Turbinaria sp.) can be found.
Red egg crabs (Atergatis integerrimus) among the strong currents.
Velcro crab (Camposcia retusa) demonstrates camouflage by allowing sponges and other encrusting organisms to live with it so that it will not be easily picked up by the predators.
Arabian cowrie (Cypraea arabica) wedged in between two huge boulders on the sea wall. This cowrie is rather huge as compared to the more common ones we see on our shores.
Starry flatworms (Pseudobiceros stellae)!
Crescent perch (Terapon jarbua)!
Pink moon snails (Natica zonalis) found active on the shore in the dark before sunrise. Some of these snails have some patterns on their shells.
White sea urchins (Salmacis sp.) might be a first record for this shore!
Remarkable sea cucumber (Holothuria notabilis). Amn not too sure if it is exactly one as it looked a little different.
Fire anemone (Actinodendron sp.)! Usually found on natural reefs, it sure is surprising to know how these animals can colonize artificial shores.
Dubious nerites (Clithon oualaniensis) that dot the shore. These snails made me imagine how God could have used a fine-lined marker to draw intricate patterns on their shell.
Long spined black sea urchins (Diadema sp.) by the side of the vertical sea wall. There was even a batfish swimming nearby!
How nice to spend the saturday morning of the long Hari Raya weekend on the island! We would probably only visit this shore again next year.