02 Oct '11, 5pm

Wild Shores of Singapore: Living corals at Big Sisters Island, and two driftnets

Wild Shores of Singapore: Living corals at Big Sisters Island, and two driftnets

The Sisters Islands have among our best reefs that ordinary people can visit. Here, I saw intriguing coral behaviour such as the long tentacles put out by this Carnation coral. The tentacles seem studded with powerful stingers! We also saw lots of fishes and sadly, also two driftnets. Here's a pretty colony of Carnation coral (Pectinia sp.) with a fan worm . The coral didn't have tentacles extended. I wonder what makes a colony stick out its tentacles. I also spotted the tentacles of the Ridged plate coral (Merulina sp.) for the first time! I was delighted to see a large colony of Brain anchor coral (Euphyllia ancora ). Unfortunately, the middle half seems dead. Though the edges of the colony still had living polyps. A closer look and I realised the tiny tentacles with U-shaped tips emerge from a a broad fleshy base. I didn't know that! When I processed the photos, I reali...

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