Today, I visited Kusu Island.
Kusu Island has amazing reef surrounding the island. Just by visiting the big lagoon, you will be amazed by the number of corals and many other animals growing there with the city's skyscrapers and the Singapore flyer in view in the distant.
|You can see CDB in the far distant.|
I started checking out the sea wall first. There were many purple climber crabs (Metopograpsus sp.) out feeding on the rock surface.
|Purple climber crab|
|This crab is carrying eggs.|
|Jigsaw maze favid coral|
|Unable to identify coral 1|
|Interesting layout of branching corals with a Faviidae.|
|Omelette leathery coral|
|Small pink sponge|
|Asparagus flowery soft coral|
|Body column of an anemone (Giant carpet anemone?)|
|Lonely giant carpet anemone found on high shore.|
|Unknown small anemone with a shrimp on the right.|
|A visible band of neon green on the body column?|
|Male five-spot anemone shrimp next to the giant carpet anemone|
|Female five-spot anemone shrimp next to a burrow.|
|Unknown shrimp 1|
|Unknown shrimp 2a.|
|Unknown shrimp 2b.|
How can we forget about the crabs living in the reefs? There were a lot of actions from the crabs out in the reef. A small fish was leaping around on the surface of a shallow pool and it made a crab angry. I witnessed how the small fish happened to leap close to the crab and the crab just grabbed the fish with its pincers and ate it. Here's the crab enjoying its catch in sequence.
I saw a sea cucumber hiding under rocks with part of its body revealed. It looks like the Black long sea cucumber (Holothuria leucospilota). When I touched it, it retracted very quickly.
|Black long sea cucumber?|
|Upperside of the heart urchin|
|Underside, showing the hole and the inside of the heart urchin|
|Common sea star|
On the high shore, there were plenty little sand bubbles left outside each hole. The small holes housed the Sand bubbler crabs (Scopimera sp.) while the bigger holes housed the Soldier crab (Dotilla sp.). It was though taking pictures of these little fellows as they are very sensitive to motion. So I had to stay very still and waiting for them to come out. However only the crab nearby came out while at the hole I was aiming at, the crab refuses to come out.
|Sand bubbler crab doing the sand bubble sweep.|
|Soldier crab forming little balls of sand too.|
|Me trying to take pictures of the crabs|
(Photo by Jocelyne)
Check out Ria's post about Kusu Island here.
On Saturday, I'm joining the International Coastal Cleanup Singapore team for a year round cleanup session at Pasir Ris Site 6. I covered this site last September with my students as part of the yearly coastal cleanup program. Hopefully I can get some shots of the cleanup this Saturday.