As soon as we started, Ria found a pair of Tiger-tail seahorse (Hippocampus comes).
|Tiger-tail seahorse (Hippocampus comes)|
A reef octopus came out to say "Hi" to me before scrambling into hiding. It is not easy to spot a reef octopus as they can blend into the surroundings very well. Most of the time, we spot the reef octopus when they are moving about.
There were a few flatworms spotted seen, such as the Spotted black flatworm (Acanthozoon sp.) and the Blue-spotted flatworm (cf Pseudoceros indicus). Flatworms are very delicate marine animals and their body tears easily if mishandled. So it is best to just leave the flatworms alone.
|Spotted black flatworm|
|Black phyllid nudibranch|
|Pimply phyllid nudibranch|
At the only Giant carpet anemone (Stichodactyla gigantea) that I saw, I could not find any wriggling signs of the False clown anemonefish's (Amphiprion ocellaris) presence but I did find the Five-spot anemone shrimps (Periclimines brevicarpalis).
|Five-spot anemone shrimp on Giant carpet anemone|
|Brain anchor coral, with polyps extended.|
|Brain anchor coral, with corallites exposed and polyps retracted.|
|Fluted giant clam|
|Underwater view of the giant clam|
|Closeup overview of the Spider conch, with its eye out.|
|Closeup underside view.|
Oh no, this poor Smooth snapping shrimp (Alpheus sp.) has be decapitated. I wonder what happened to the shrimp?
|Decapitated snapping shrimp|
It was a great trip at Big Sisters despite having been here a few times. Every trip brings new surprises and excitements. Ending of the trip, the male long-tail macaques joined the team at the jetty, threatening to take our belongings.
|Male lone-tail macaques|