With the news release of Singapore's first Marine Park at the Sisters' Island, the two islands have received a lot of limelight. According to National Parks Board, the Sisters’ Islands Marine Park will be a platform for outreach, educational, conservation and research activities related to our native marine biodiversity. The location was chosen due to its variety of habitats including coral reefs, sandy shores and seagrass areas.
For regular trippers who have been surveying the Sisters' Island, visiting the Big Sisters' Island today was more like meeting an old friend despite its new status. :)
Tiger-tail seahorses (Hippocampus comes).
Feather stars (Order Comatulida) like this beige and brown feather star.
Sickle seagrass (Thalassia hemprichii).
Fluted giant clams (Tridacna squamosa) doing? I'm glad they are still well. Here's the one that is found higher up on the shore.
Spotted-foot nudibranch (Discodoris lilacina).
Black phyllid nudibranch (Phyllidiella nigra) would be the only slug find of the day. Haha!
Reef octopus were actively swimming and wading about in various locations such as hugging beside the Leathery soft coral (Family Alcyoniidae).
Brain anchor coral (Euphyllia ancora).
Circular mushroom corals (Family Fungiidae) are still around as they have been all along.
Acropora corals (Acropora sp.) anymore except for this tiny colony found outside the seawall. It was only slightly bleaching at some tips.
Face-banded coral crabs (Tetralia nigrolineata). They have a bandit-like dark band across its broad face.
Sally-lightfoot crabs (Grapsus albolineatus). They were found near each other for some time. I wonder what they are up to!?
Spider conch (Lambis lambis) was spotted by myself and Jianlin also found another one higher up on the shore! They are usually very well camouflaged from the top until you flip them over.
Pygmy squid (Idiosepius sp.). They are usually actively swimming and that makes photographing these squids hard. I'm glad this tiny little fellow was a little more friendly for me.
Giant carpet anemones (Stichodactyla gigantea) in the lagoon and some of them are homes to the nemos and the Anemone shrimps (Periclimenes brevicarpalis).
Haddon's carpet anemone (Stichodactyla haddoni).
official Nparks page. Introductory guided walks for members of the public will be organised to offer more opportunities to understand and appreciate our marine biodiversity.