The set off time was later in the morning at 06:30, more sleeping time for me.
When the team reached the island, the sun had already risen and it was bright.
The amphibious landing means getting water to as high as knee level or even above it.
Having gone through my 3rd amphibious landing, I find it quite fun and the water is cooling. How wish I could take a dip.
Back to the field trip...
This southern island is visited annually by the team. It is a rocky reef with dead and live corals growing on a large area. I got to see some how some of the corals look like when they are submerged. Usually I see them exposed and their polyps retracted.
The first coral I saw is the Broad feathery soft coral. What caught my attention was the polyps, moving and curling at their own pace.
|Broad feathery soft coral|
|Flowery disk coral|
|Pinwheel leathery coral|
|Some polyps still retracted.|
|With polyps fully extended in water.|
Is this the leathery sea fan? Wasn't able to get a close look at this as the tide was rising and we were about to pack up and leave.
|Leathery sea fan?|
|Yellow pot sponge|
Talking about shrimp, I helped to collect one shrimp today and that is one of the very few shrimps I saw today.
|Black-margined nudibranch (Glossodoris atromarginata)|
|Wolly leaf slug (Elysia cf. verrucosa)|
|Tiny armina nudibranch (Dermatobranchus sp.)|
|Pimply phyllid nudibranch (Phyllidiella pustulosa)|
|Pimly phyllid nudibranch (failed underside)|
Read about what other's saw during this trip:
- Kok Sheng on corals, more slugs and a giant clam.
- Ria and her first sighting of a seahorse.