So the journey began. The ride from Keppel Bay and the amphibious landing to the reef went pretty smoothly. More about the sunrise at Cyrene at http://wildshores.blogspot.com/2010/05/stunning-cyrene-at-sunrise.html
We unloaded our bags on a dry sandy area and off we went. Now was the time for real fun and exploration!
I was really thrilled to see my 1st knobbly of the day (blurry picture though).
Then the 2nd. This one didn’t look too happy. Probably it got stressed up while regenerating its arm!
Then the 3rd. This one was special since I had read about Pentaceraster mammilatus in Cyrene that was discovered there only in 2008.
By the time we had crossed the seagrass meadows to the other side of the sandbar, there were even more and in the funniest of yoga poses. Looking really cute! Ria says they curl up to keep themselves cool.
This is called the 'Lazy Yoga Asana'.
By now I had seen over 10 knobblies so I gave up taking pictures. Soon I was counting in multiples of 5’s then 10’s then 20’s. There were hundreds of them. Believe me! Look how close they can be.
Quite literally...they are just about everywhere on the sandbars of Cyrene.
Obviously we had seen many Knobblies but we saw a lot of other stuff too like the Reef Octopus http://wildshores.blogspot.com/2010/05/stunning-cyrene-at-sunrise.html
Many different types of hard and soft corals, numerous common sea stars, sea cucumbers, sand dollars, anemones and many crabs – hairy crab, flower crab, red egg crab and brown egg crab to name a few.
Collin who is tagging the Alligator pipefish in
Look at these Bearded Filefish and the Grunters (the big ones). Pretty isn’t it.
Can you spot the Alligator Pipefish here? It looks just like the blade of Seagrass next to it.
The ride back to
The ride back to