Knobbly sea stars (Protoreaster nodosus)!
A special treat! Among the red Knobblies was a yellow spotted Pentaceraster sea star (Pentaceraster mammilatus). This sea star was first discovered on Cyrene Reef and is a new record for Singapore!
We arrived in time to enjoy a beautiful sunrise! This awesome submerged reef lies in the middle of the industrial triangle!
Tape seagrass (Enhalus acoroides) are still very short and cropped here. Often bleached and burnt on the tips. Other kinds of seagrasses found on Cyrene include Sickle seagrass (Thalassia hemprichii) which were also burnt here and there. The Noodle seagrass (Syringodium isoetifolium), Needle seagrasses (Halodule sp.) and Spoon seagrasses (Halophila ovalis) that we saw were alright.
This is what the pool looked like in 2009, with Jeff and Collin of NParks doing a survey of the abundant variety of fishes found in the pool.
Today, for the first time in a long while, I did come across two small clumps of longer Tape seagrasses in the deeper part of the pool!Hairy green seaweed (Bryopsis sp.). Len of SeagrassWatch during his trip to Cyrene in May 2012 suggested that the Tape seagrasses are cropped and burnt because the white sand in shallow areas may reinforce the heat. So perhaps the green seaweeds made it easier for these clumps of Tape seagrasses? Let's hope for the best!
Longhorn cowfish (Lactoria cornuta) and octopuses. We also saw a small Giant carpet anemone (Stichodactyla gigantea) with one very shy False clown anemonefish (Amphiprion ocellaris) that was difficult to photograph. As well as all kinds of anemones, crabs, snails and more! Seagrass meadows are home to a bewildering variety of creatures!
More about Cyrene Reef and some of the outreach work for the Reef. TeamSeagrass monitoring is an important aspect of this effort! Here's more about how ordinary people can join the Team.
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