This is a long overdue post of our trip to Seringat-Kias last month (Aug 2015) and also last year (Nov 2014) with lovely surprise of Knobbly sea stars (Protoreaster nodosus).
Common sea stars (Archaster typicus).
Remarkable sea cucumbers (Holothuria notabilis). These sea cucumbers that prefer sandy and silty sediments are also sometimes sighted on our northern shores.
Fire's anemones (Actinodendron sp.) doing well. I came across 4 of at the lower shore.
Oval moon snails (Polinices mammilla) that plough through the sand looking for prey. There was also an uncommon China moon snail (Natica onca).
Pencil squid (Family Loliginidae) without realising it actually just captured a fish! That's probably the reason why it was not jittery when I approached closer to snap the photo.
Giant carpet anemone (Stichodactyla gigantea).
Dubious nerites (Clithon oualaniensis). These snails made me imagine how God could have used a fine-lined marker to draw intricate patterns on their shell.
Black phyllid nudibranch (Phyllidiella nigra), Ornate leaf slug (Elysia ornata) and the Bohol nudibranch (Discodoris boholiensis).
Fine-lined flatworms, Persian carpet flatworm (Pseudobiceros bedfordi) and Brown striped flatworm (Pseudobiceros gratus).
Strawberry cockle (Fragum unedo)! The strawberry cockle has red lines or beads on its shell.
Fluted giant clam (Tridacna squamosa) at a relatively high elevation. Look like they can survive out of water for some time.
Arabian cowrie (Cypraea arabica). They are usually found on our reefs.
Copperband butterflyfish (Chelmon rostratus) requires lots of patience as it takes a long time to get a good angle since this fish moves and turns very quickly.