Only a tiny sliver of sand bar was starting to show above the water! Here's Jocelyne, Marcus and Meilin getting ready to start Site 1.
Tape seagrasses (Enhalus acoroides) are still short and chomped. But I didn't come across any bleaching or burnt seagrasses on my transect.
Knobbly sea stars (Protoreaster nodosus), which are quite abundant on Cyrene Reef, where we also often see many juvenile Knobblies. Indeed, according to the Star Trackers, "the presence of juveniles, subadults and adults indicated that there is a healthy level of recruitment at Cyrene Reef. This habitat may be the only sustainable population of knobbly seastars left in Singapore today". The healthy seagrass meadows on Cyrene may have something to do with this! The team had a quick look around after we finished monitoring. Check out the links below to see more of what we saw.
It was great to have with us today: Marcus, Jocelyne, Meilin, Jason, Chun Fong and Yi Shyuan! And thanks to Rachel for taking care of all the logistical details even though she couldn't come with us.
Other posts about this trip
- Ria with tubeworm snacking snails and the curious case of Brahminy kites resting on reefs.
- Jason on facebook with slugs, nudibranchs and more!And on his blog too!
- Jocelyne with more about what went on at Site 1 and a pre-trip walk.
- Chun Fong with knobblies and more
- Mei Lin with shrimp goby, encounter with feathery file fish and more.
- Yi Shyuan with more photos of animals and people on Cyrene.
- More about Cyrene Reef.