Sunday, April 26, 2009

Taking Stuff After Stuff @ Pulau Sekudu.....

And by that I meant taking photos not the animals home. :p Cos they belong to their natural habitat!

We paid a visit to this small island just off Chek Jawa this morning. Access to the island has been restricted and a permit is needed to land on it.

And boy, it was a fruitful trip as we saw plenty of stuffs like;


A little Rock Seastar or Crown Seastar

Various sizes of the Cake Seastar.

The shore is also littered with plenty of the Sand stars.

Came across a CUTE little Pinkish Scaly Seastar.....

and another slightly bigger one with a different colouration. fact they were both found just next to each other!

Besides the Seastars, also saw some of its;

A few recently dead Heart Urchins.....

and the pink one was slightly bigger than a tennis ball!

Another kind of Urchin, Pencil Sea Urchin.

EO found the rare Pink Sand Dollar.

Managed to see quite a few Fan shells with their shell open apart filter feeding.

A couple of the Pinky-red Moon Snail were seen. It has such delicated pattern on its foot!

There were also the Miliaris coweries. Here's two of them.

There were quite a number of Nudibranch sighted too!

This maybe a Beaded nudibranch (Hoplodoris sp.).

This is probably a juvenile Rose nudibranch (Dendrodoris fumata).

Looks like a small Asian Cerberilla nudibranch (Cerberilla asamusiensis).

A Denison's nudibranch (Dendrodoris denisoni) with its brilliant electric blue spots.

One tiny black Gymnodoris nudibranch (Gymnodoris sp.).

Besides the nudibranch, there were also other Sea slugs;

This looks like the Geographic Sea hare (Syphonota geographica).

Two kinds of Sap sucking slug. The top one is a Ornate leaf slug (Elysia ornata) whereas I have no idea about the ID of the bottom one.

On the large patches of seaweed, you can see strange creatures such as these.....

but all to0 soon.....

the sun rises and it was time to leave the island.


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