Sunday, June 8, 2008
Today we went to Cyrene Reef, a beautiful spot right in the middle of all the Singapore shipping lanes. It is a submerged reef, exposed only at low tide, and is quite big (3 km around?). Anyways, there are many seagrasses, and many many zoanthids. I found lots of Z. vietnamensis, Z. sansibaricus, and P. mutuki, as well as some new "mystery" ones - (TF will be interested). Unfortunately, not many soft corals or crinoids, but I was amazed at how rich the reef was.
Other recent spots visited include Changi Beach, Raffles Lighthouse, and Hantu Island (again). I have now collected 79 samples here.
Here is a picture to give you an idea of just how many zoanthids are on this reef!