The morning was showered with the Sumatras, which is dead scary if out trip were to start before dawn. Luckily the rain died down when we arrive at the marina the sky cleared up. However the sea was choppy, very choppy. At Terumbu Raya, the wind was rather strong.
My first find was a bivalve on bivalve.
|Barbatia ark clam?|
The bivalve looks like a Barbatia ark clam (Barbatia sp.). Attached to this clam are three bivalves which I am not sure what they are.
|Three unknown bivalves.|
Adventure of the Octopus - Episode 1: The shy guy
I made the first octopus sighting while Sankar was standing in front of it, unnoticing him. The octopus was out of its burrow and seems to be resting there. Sankar bend down and attempted to take a picture of it but it went back into its hiding hole. Damn... We stood there waiting and out it came. The cycle repeated for another time before I was able to get a shot of it.
|The Shy Octopus|
|This soft coral has covered other animals.|
Sankar found a baby octopus on a rock and it was really tiny. When the octopus notices that it was notice by us, it was scrambling away. I was trying to take a picture of it but the octopus was moving too fast for me. It found a hole in the rock and hid inside. We gave up and the returned the rock to the original position.
I saw a few giant carpet anemones (Stichodactyla gigantea).
|Giant carpet anemone|
|The clown anemonefish is hiding under the anemone on the right.|
The third octopus we saw was rather docile. It stayed still at its entrance for us to take picture (now I think that we might have been blocking its way out). After my first shot, it left the burrow, swimming and wrapping objects before it disappeared into another hole. Perhaps it was out hunting for food?
|I'm going out.|
|Mushroom hard coral?|
|Submerged favid hard coral|
|Moist looking favid hard coral|
|Buried by sand - the sand is shifting in?|
|Looks like butt crack.|
|Maze pattern, some rather straight.|
|Smooth leathery coral (Sinularia sp.) - Looks and feels like many fingers.|
|Brain coral? - The exposed part looks exploded.|
|Carnation corals (Pectinia sp.)?|
|Another brain coral?|
Our fourth octopus sighting! And it gets more fun.
|Wrap! Wrap! Wrap!|
I was lucky to see a snapping shrimp swimming out in the open. Usually I would see them in their burrow.
My fifth octopus I called it a colour changer. Actually all the octopus we saw kept changing colour throughout, just that I managed to document the colour change this time round.
|Staying close to rocks|
|Still close to rocks.|
|Quick, quick, move!|
|Colour change 1.|
|Colour change 2.|
|Pimply phyllid nudibranch|
The seagrass at Terumbu Raya seems to be doing better than the other places I have visited. I am no experience with seagrass but the seagrass here looks better and "healthier" than the other locations.
The tape seagrass (Enhalus acoroides) were sparsely distributed but most of them were longish with some having the cropped signs.
Today marks the end of the field trips till the next new moon two weeks later.
What a great exciting and adventurous way to spend my weekend.