15 Jul '11, 11am

Wild Shores of Singapore: Moonlight trip to Cyrene

Wild Shores of Singapore: Moonlight trip to Cyrene

It's 3.30am and we're off to visit Cyrene under the light of the full moon! We see so much more on a night trip as marine creatures are more active and less wary. My favourite sighting of the day is this tiny juvenile Batfish (Family Ephippidae) among the seagrasses! Cyrene has awesome seagrass meadows, reefs and sandy shores. The most obvious animal on the seagrass meadows today were big fat Forskal's sidegill slugs (Pleurobranchus forskali ). I saw a lot of them! Many were laying ruffled white egg ribbons. The big fat slugs were particularly concentrated where there were carpets of Green gum drop ascidians . Do the slugs eat these ascidians? There were also several slugs in pairs. Are they mating? I tried and couldn't see any special bits poking into one another. These slugs have gills on one side, hence their common name of 'sidegill slugs'. In a bunch of sea grape seaw...

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