One of the better accessible reefs that we can visit in Singapore would be at Big Sister's Island. It is only about 20 minutes boat ride away from the city centre!
Bengal sergeants (Abudefduf bengalensis) were still happily swimming in the tide pools though we saw less of them when the sun came up.
Pizza anemone (Cryptodendrum adhaesivum).
looks more like a pizza with an outer thicker crust. Haha!
Feather stars (Order Comatulida)? Here's a bright red one found among the crowded mosaic of corals, sponges and seaweed.
my previous trip due to the strong currents from the channel, I could still take some decent shots of the magnificent corals and feather stars.
Boulder pore coral (Porites sp.).
Tomato anemonefish (Amphiprion frenatus) with its home, the Bulb-tentacled sea anemone (Entacmaea quadricolor).
Fluted giant clams (Tridacna squamosa) on my recent previous trips and am elated to see them with my own eyes. This first one is quite large and has very pretty brown and orangey patterns on its mantle.
Tiger-tail seahorses (Hippocampus comes)! This is a papa and what makes this papa special is that it can carry the eggs in his body become 'pregnant'.
Emerging from the eggs, the babies hatch as miniature seahorses and may remain in the pouch for a while before the papa goes into 'labour' and ejects them out of the pouch.
Long spined black sea urchins (Diadema sp.) in the lagoon and they always look so intimidating with their super long spines.
Reliable nudibranch (Goniobranchus fidelis) with distinctive pattern. It's my second time seeing it at Big Sister's.
Lined chromodoris nudibranch (Chromodoris lineolata).
Persian carpet flatworm (Pseudobiceros bedfordi) which is richly patterned with orange, black lines and white spots.
Abalone (Family Haliotidae) originally found under a rock. With an encrusted flat shell, this animal is hard to spot.
The ones we eat are colder water species which grow much larger. Sadly, the over consumption of abalones may threaten wild populations and result in over collection of the smaller tropical species.
Jewel box clam (Chama sp.).
Swimming file clam (Limaria sp.) is usually very active and they swim by flapping their shells. However, try to avoid touching their tentacles as they tend to shed off their own tentacles as part of its defense mechanism.
tiny orange sea star again! It is probably a type of Asterina sea star though the exact identity is still unknown.
Acropora corals (Acropora sp.) bleaching very badly and the rest of the colonies in the vicinity being decimated.
It was a long low tide and we have indeed seen many interesting sightings and many of them went back with a new perspective of what our shores are made up of. :)