The team split up into 2. Ivan and Kok Sheng went off to explore a 1km long artifical lagoon while the rest of the team headed out to the rocky shore on Lazarus side.
While crawling and/or sliding down the rock wall, we were greeted by the land hermit crabs.
|Land hermit crab|
In the numerous shallow pools I saw near the low water mark, there were shrimps and gobies.
|Arrow-head spider crab|
|Sea slater, top view|
|Sea slater, front view|
|Different snails gathering|
|Nerite snail, front view|
|Nerite snail, underside view|
|Nerite snail with orange shell|
|Mating nerite snails?|
|Nerite snail, moving.|
|Anemone with nerite snail eggs.|
|Tiny purple climber crab feeding in one of the pools.|
|Fat tentacles of the octopus. I thought it was stranded.|
|Octopus frantically spurting water.|
|Rather large fish. A tropical silverside nearing the tail of the fish.|
|This fish seems confortable on very shallow water with constant waves flowing in and out.|
|Brown sweetlip (Plectorhinchus gibbosus)?|
The highlight of today's trip would be two special findings.
A large chiton (Class Polyplacophora). This is my first time seeing a chiton and it has to be so large. Most chitons found on our shores are tiny ones.
|Possibly Acanthopleura gemmata.|
We had no tools with us, but I remembered that I had my swiss knife with me. Tada!
So three people standing at the boulder, trying to pry a chiton off. Andy took over the job as I had my complicated camera setup hanging in front of me. Using the blunt side of a knife, Andy find a lose side to insert it into and gently lift the knife up (like how people open oysters). He had to work around the chiton to loosen the suction of the chiton. Jose holds a container below it, waiting for the chiton to drop in. I supplied light for the work to be carried out.
I noticed a greenish object with interesting blue lining on the heavily coated with silt surfaces. On close look, it was moving. At first I thought it was some kind of anemone.
|The actual look of the mysterious animal.|
[Photo by Ria]
A quick google on this slug tells me that this slug feeds on sea grapes (Caulerpa racemosa) and it retains the colour pigments in the digestive system. That explains for the green in this slug.
This part of the shore on Lazarus Island is really rocky and there is a lot of silt being deposited. The built up of silt causes the surface to be slippery and muddy to walk on. The free foot reflexology was really good and my feet were very tired when we got back to the rock wall for the climb.
There are two ways to get to Lazarus Island. The first method would be taking the ferry service to St. John's Island and walk over using the island link. The second method would be to alight at the Seringat-Kias pontoon by private ferry charter.
Ria explained to us that Seringat-Kias used to be two separate submerged reefs (Seringat and Kias). Reclamation of these two reefs provided an extension of Lazarus on the western side with a C-shaped 1km artificial lagoon which Ivan and Kok Sheng explored.
It's the last season of shore trips before everyone takes a break and some of us gets busy with other work. Tomorrow, we are going to Cyrene reef.
Posts by others on this trip:
Ria - Special finds on Lazarus Island
Kok Sheng - Exploring a new stretch of Seringat-Kias