This morning we decided to visit a new shore, something that we have not done for a long time! Thanks to Arjun and Ria, I found out about a potential spot with lots of corals and did a recce before today's survey.
Boulder Pore corals (Porites sp.), Disk coral (Turbinaria sp.) and Galaxy coral (Galaxea sp.). I'm glad that most corals are not undergoing bleaching.
Boulder Pore corals (Porites sp.) and Disk coral (Turbinaria sp.).
The Disk corals here can grow really huge, just like this colony that is "ruffled".
Acropora corals (Acropora sp.) and this particular species look slightly different as compared to the ones we see on the southern shores. It looks more "branched" with the "base" encrusted on the rock.
Galaxy corals (Galaxea sp.), Anemone corals (Goniopora sp.), one Brain coral (Family Mussidae) and a small colony of Carnation coral (Pectinia sp.).
Red egg crab (Atergatis integerrimus).
Reef murex (Chicoreus sp.) which is usually found on boulders, rocks and hard surfaces. This snail can drill through shells to predate on other molluscs.
Arabian cowrie (Cypraea arabica)! This cowrie is usually only found on reefs. I saw another two later on.
Needle seagrass (Halodule sp.). They can be quite thick at certain areas!
Spoon seagrass (Halophila ovalis).
Tape seagrass (Enhalus acoroides) and many other Haddon's carpet anemones (Stichodactyla haddoni).