Two weeks ago, we went to Cyrene Reef on a predawn trip and set off from Marina @ Keppel Bay way before sunrise. I was quite excited on this trip because I have not visited this awesome shore since September last year.
Blue dragon nudibranch (Pteraeolidia ianthina). And I was glad to fulfill it by finding one among the sand and seagrass.
Extraordinary sea hare (Aplysia extraordinaria) is another type of gastropods known as sea hare.
Compared to my previous trip last year, I did not come across many China moon snails (Natica onca). My only sighting was quite interesting though. The moon snail was feeding on a clam of about its same size!
'Hairy olives' sponge (Stelletta clavosa) is one of those with a framework of spicules (tiny, hard spikes) throughout their body. These spicules are sharp and needle-like so I'm sure you do not want to handle these "softies".
Lovenia heart urchin (Lovenia elongata)! The heart urchin has spines that allows for movement.
Swimming anemones (Boloceroides mcmurrichi) with beige tentacles and white stripes. Are these anemones something else all together?
Banded mantis shrimp (Lysiosquilla sp.) resemble those of the Praying mantis insect or the blade of a pocket knife that folds into the handle. Armed with sharp spines, the pincers extend and retract very quickly and the sharp spines impale soft, fast-moving prey like fish and prawns.
Eggwhite moon snail (Polinices albumen). We are thinking that this could be a juvenile.
Thorny sea cucumber (Colochirus quadrangularis) is very commonly found on our northern shores but seldom seen in the south.
Brown sea cucumber (Bohadschia vitiensis)! This sea cucumber has only been recorded intertidally from Cyrene Reef and Semakau.
Knobbly sea stars (Protoreaster nodosus) on Cyrene. This is the second "S" of Cyrene Reef. My focus in this blog post will be on the juvenile knobblies which show that the population on Cyrene is sustainable with new stars still being formed.
Pentaceraster sea stars (Pentaceraster mammilatus)! Though this sea star has been sighted at Semakau before, they are more commonly found at Cyrene and no where else.
It's amazing how rich marine life can be found right in front of Pasir Panjang Ferry Terminal with huge containers passing by the waters surrounding Cyrene.