Kusu Island has awesome reefs!

[updated: 16 June 2012]
I fell sick after Beting Bronok, but was glad I got well enough to go Kusu the next day, Thu 7 Jun!

It’s really amazing how we can get to the most amazing marine life in less than hour from the city.

Kusu island means Tortoise Island in Chinese, and there are several legends explaining the origins of the island.

The Chinese Temple and the turtles – what most people come to the island for I guess?

The many Red-Eared Sliders/Terrapins (I saw a few that were not the common household pets, but I don’t know what they are) housed in the Tortoise Shelter

But I wasn’t there for the terrapins, nor the temple.

When we arrived it was still dark, and most people are probably still in their beds. But up and about, were these cute little crabs.

Purple climbing crab (Metopograpsus sp.)

Massacred crab

Blue swimming crab (Thalamita sp.)

Saron shrimp (Family Hippolytidae)

Blue-tailed Penaid prawn (Family Penaeidae)

Sea slater (Ligia sp.)

Sea hares (Order Anaspidea)

Arabian cowrie (Cypraea arabica)

Onchidium slug (Family Onchidiidae)

Giant carpet anemone (Stichodactyla gigantea)

Giant carpet anemone (Stichodactyla gigantea)

And of course, plenty of corals. [Update: 16 June 2012] Have tried to put a name to the coral as much as possible, but my coral ID is still pretty terrible… Apologies for the lack of names, in a rush to go off :/

Favid coral (Family Faviidae)

Favid coral (Family Faviidae)?

Galaxy coral (Galaxea sp.)?

Branching pore coral (Porites sp.) surrounding a Favid coral?

Favid coral (Family Faviidae)?

Favid coral (Family Faviidae)?

Montipora coral (Montipora sp.)?

Lots of Montipora corals (Montipora sp.)?

Some aren’t doing so well though, sliming is usually a precursor to bleaching :/

Favid coral oozing copious amounts of slime, usually a sign that they are stressed

Overall though, it was a beautiful morning spent on one of Singapore’s many Southern islands 🙂

Pretty sunrise! 😀

For more on this trip, check out these blogs:
Wild Shores of Singapore by Ria Tan
Peiyan Photography by Heng Pei Yan


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About Jocelyne Sze

I'm a Nature-lover, aspiring conservationist, and wannabe traveller in search of outdoor adventure.
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