We are back at Chek Jawa for our intertidal survey, with permission from Nparks. We hardly have the energy and time to do the northern part of Chek Jawa as we usually get distracted by the coral rubble in the south.
Haddon's carpet anemones (Stichodactyla haddoni) seem to have increased in numbers! Slow but recovery since the mass death event in 2007.
Cake sand dollars (Arachnoides placenta).
Pink warty sea cucumbers (Cercodemas anceps) and Thorny sea cucumbers (Colochirus quadrangularis) on the seagrass.
Garlic bread sea cucumbers (Holothuria scabra) are abundantly found on Chek Jawa even on a hot day. Though many of them were semi or fully buried underneath sand. I also found one black version of this sea cucumber.
Biscuit stars (Goniodiscaster scaber). They are usually more abundantly found at the coral rubble.
Common sea star (Archaster typicus) at Chek Jawa for a long while! Likely to be since 2012 but of course it is also due to the fact that I didn't look hard enough. Thus, I was thrilled to come across one!
Cerianthids (Order Ceriantharia) are more commonly found nearer to the south than the north. I have no idea why.
Pygmy squid (Idiosepius sp.).
They are usually actively swimming and that makes photographing these
Kite butterflyfish (Parachaetodon ocellatus) that seems to like being associated with the Haddon's carpet anemones.
More photos of the survey here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/koksheng/shares/i01E2w