Sunday, April 24, 2011

Another Starry & Sluggish Trip.....

this time @ Pulau Jong! Yes, we were out at Jong on Thursday. We had to start the trip in wet weather, but fortunately, the rain stopped and we had a beautiful blue sky to check out the shore!

It has been almost a year since I last visited Jong. I feel that there are lesser soft corals and hard corals in the tide pool at the center zone. Perhaps, some of them did not make it due to the bleaching that happened last year.

Only a small part of this Staghorn coral is still alive.

Did not see many Flatworm. In fact, this is the only one seen.

Only encounter one Jellyfish too! Strangely, cos it is supposed to be Jellyfish season!

A Hermit Crab.

A Mama Red-eyed Reef Crab! See the black egg mass that she carried? Looks like the babies will be released soon.

A tiny Featherstar/Crinoid about the size of a 5cents coin!

Found three of these tiny Seastars! Looks like the ones that I found at Jong and Cyrene last year!

And this time round, they come with six, seven and eight arms!

A Ornate Leaf Slug (Elysia Ornata).

There were quite a number of Pimply phyllid nudibranch (Phyllidiella pustulosa).

Small and big Polka-dot nudibranch (Jorunna funebris).

There were plenty of these Dermatobranchus nudibranch (Dermatobranchus sp.). I counted more than 10 sightings!

A Black-margined nudibranch (Glossodoris atromarginata).

Came across these two Reliable Chromodoris nudibranch (Chromodoris fidelis).

A closer look at one of them!

And highlight of the day for me would be the two tiny tiny Sea Slugs that were spotted on the Hairy green seaweed. It is my first sighting of them!

Hmmm.....wonder if this is a Nudibranch or a Sap-sucking Sea Slug!

No idea of the ID for this Nudibranch? either.


Blogger Joe Lai said...

Great finds! Keep up the good work : )

April 25, 2011 10:15 PM  
Blogger Ria Tan said...

Awesome sightings Chay Hoon! Have added them to the wild fact sheets!

May 04, 2011 6:14 PM  

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