26 Dec '11, 5am

Wild Shores of Singapore: Terumbu Semakau with scary anemone and scarce seagrasses by @wildsingapore

Wild Shores of Singapore: Terumbu Semakau with scary anemone and scarce seagrasses by @wildsingapore

This scary looking anemone is seldom seen, but I suspect has a nasty sting! So it was with much trepidation that I tried to photograph it in murky water. Trying to get a good shot without getting too close! Sadly, the seagrasses here seem almost gone! Terumbu Semakau had lush meadows on our previous trips, probably the best growths after Cyrene Reef. Here's another look at the Haekel's anemone (Actinostephanus haekeli ). Those I've seen in the past were all black. My first time seeing one expanded that had brownish tentacles. The tide was higher than predicted again! But this didn't stop us from landing on the reef. Another problem was a massive bloom of Sargassum seaweed (Sargassum sp.), normal for this time of the year. It makes it tricky to walk through as we don't want to kill marine life or step on Mr Stonefish! On the plus side, it didn't rain! Fortunately, the Sarga...

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