In one way, it is the Transit of Venus where Earth, the Sun and Venus happened to align themselves in a straight line.
|Image from Hong Kong Observatory|
Located at the northern part of Singapore, this special reef is surveyed only once a year. This year is my very first trip to this special location. The trip started on a long boat journey as we headed towards the "light show" on the far horizon. The sky kept flashing with electric lines travelling through the clouds. We were worried.
Luckily, the weather was clear when we reached the reef. There was no proper jetty for the boat to dock. The team had to take a shallow swim as we climbed down a ladder from the boat to the seabed. The water level was almost thigh high. Clearly visible were the nasty hydroids that were sending the message "come touch us with your bare skin".
Once I reached the reef, I was greeted by many button zoanthids (Zoanthus sp.). As the reef was exposed, the button zoanthids were in closed form.
|Arrow-head spider crab (Front view)|
|Arrow-head spider crab (Side view)|
|Thumbs-up sea squirt|
|Many-banded snapping shrimp|
|Small fish near the entrance|
|Thorny sea urchin stuck among sponges|
|Thorny sea urchin clean of mud|
|Underside of the thorny sea urchin|
|Black sea urchin|
|Juvenile black sea urchin|
|White sea urchin|
|Banded hermit crab|
|Biscuit sea star|
|Cake sea star|
|Spiny sea star|
|Plain sea anemone|
|Yellow foot nudibranch|
|Ball flowery soft coral|
|Peek of the white coral snapping shrimp|
|Snapping shrimp giving a cute face|
|Spiky sea pen|
|Slender sea pen|
|Painted porcelain crab (purple)|
|Painted porcelain crab (pink)|
|Spotted black flatworm|
This is an unforgettable first experience for me in visiting a shore without a proper landing. It was sure fun.
To end of, here's a brittle star saying "Bye!"
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