Sisters Island is one of the many southern islands in Singapore. It is next to St. John's Island.
Knowing the tides is very important to shore visit to avoid being stranded in deep waters when the tide comes in. Today's trip had to start as early as 3.30 am.
I was worried that the trip might not be able to take place as it was pouring heavily at that time and lightnings were threatening. Thank goodness, the rain stopped when we boarded the boat but small drizzle came on and off during the trip.
Ria gave me a quick orienteering of Big Sister Island and soon after, we were off to the big lagoon. Upon reaching the shore, the first comment was "Watch out for stonefish." *glup*
I have read about the dangers of stonefish and their sightings on our shores. Throughout the visit, I keep thinking and looking carefully on the shore bed to avoid Mr Stonefish. As a newbie to shore visit, I walked very slowly. (Remember, stonefish!)
My first marine creature encounter is a small octopus. Its width is slightly smaller than the length of my compact camera. The image is quite blur as I was still adjusting to the dark environment and handling lights and camera at the same time.
|Giant carpet anemone|
|Coral that looks like bleaching|
The highlight of this trip for me was to actually find and see the brittle stars personally. The brittle stars are very sensitive to light and fast in movement. Nonetheless, I did manage to capture 2 bottlebrush brittle stars with 1 of their legs holding onto each other.
|2 Bottlebrush brittle stars|
Next to an anemone, there is a tiny white crab (yellow arrow). The crab is about the size of my finger tip.
In this lagoon, I spotted 2
This fish belongs to the Family Scorpaenidae.
|Leaf slug, Elysia ornata|
|Escaping red eye crab|
|Decoration at the entrance|
|Sunrise at the big lagoon|
I will be back at Sisters Island tomorrow for more exciting sightings. Tomorrow, I will be visiting Little Sister.
Hope to get better pictures tomorrow. I did not use my dSLR due to the rain.
[updates: corrected some identifications. there's so much to learn about marine life. the difference is difficult tell]