Besides mangroves, St. John's also has a tiny stretch of reefs. And it is just off Singapore's main business district!
Besides special mangroves, St. John's also has splendid rocky shore views, here with Little Sisters island in the background.
Top shell snail (Trochus niloticus) which briefly showed its tentacles and bits from under the enormous shell.
Giant reefworm (Eunice aphroditois)!
Knobbly periwinkles (Echinolittorina malaccana).
African sea cucumbers (Afrocucumis africana). We also saw several of little white sea cucumbers that we saw on our previous trip in May 10. There are also lots of these 'hairy' Barbatia ark clams (Barbatia sp.), and many ribbon worms. Kok Sheng has photos of a wide variety of the colourful worms he saw on this trip.
Turtle dove snails (Pardalina testudinaria)?
Arabian cowrie (Cypraea arabica)! Sending the Beach Paparazzi into a shooting frenzy.
I made had a very quick look at the sandy lagoon. It was full of Bazillion snails (Batillaria zonalis), tiny gobies and some Common sea stars (Archaster typicus).
special mangroves at St. John's Island.
During this holiday period, the island was crowded with campers and people out and about on the shore. This family seem to be chiselling open oysters.
We ended this Lunar New Year trip with yummy snacks. Kwang Liak and Andy shared these awesome New Year breadthings with bak kwa AND pork floss. Lethal but delicious! We also browsed on snacks brought by Russel, and made a valiant but failed effort to finish the well-travelled butter cake that first made its debut on the Semakau trip.
More about St. John's Island and nature walks conducted there by the Tropical Marine Science Institute.
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