Charybdis annulata that I seldom see.
Here's a photo of the crude oil I saw landing on this stretch of East Coast shore on 26 May. I last visited this shore in July 2010 when the shore was clean, but was a little quiet. But Ivan visited on 22 Apr (facebook) and saw a shore that seemed a little more lively. So early this morning, I headed out to have a look.
There were a few pretty Sally-lightfoot crabs (Grapsus albolineatus) scuttling about near the seawall. On the rocks, some smaller Purple climbing crabs (Metopograpsus sp.). In the water, I saw a few small Flower crabs (Portunus pelagicus).
oyster (Family Ostreidae) on the rocky shore. Usually, these are vandalised before they reach this size. I also saw one small Spotted top shell snail (Trochus maculatus).
Gold-spotted mudskippers (Periophthalmus chrysospilos) near the seawall. They are less shy at night and easier to sneak up to for a photo.
triton snail, Family Ranellidae) and the little clusters of eggs that she was patiently laying. I carefully turned the rock back the way I found it.
Cake sand dollars (Arachnoides placenta) and Button snails (Umbonium vestiarum). All kinds of other special creatures are also sighted here.
I saw many Cake sand dollars, though it was too dark and the tide wasn't really low enough to see the full extent of their presence on the shore. There were many tiny and small ones and a few large ones.
|Living sand dollars are purplish, white ones are|
the skeletons of dead sand dollars.
studied for the oil spill impact, the animals on the oil slicked shores are not as healthy as usual?
Lined moon snail (Natica lineata) ploughing through the sand just beneath the waves.
Oval moon snails (Polinices mammila). And some fragments of sand collars, which are the egg mass of moon snails.
Spotted moon crabs (Ashtoret lunaris) scuttling about just beneath the waves. This one is pestering a huddle of Tidal hermit crabs (Diogenes sp.) that have gathered in a group. Perhaps to 'exchange' shells? Or to feed on something tasty?
Striped hermit crabs (Clibanarius infraspinatus) were clearly gathered around to feast on a jellyfish that was already half buried in the sand. Only the thick purplish tentacles were sticking out.
Acorn worms (Class Enteropneusta) producing very long coils of 'processed sand'. And one Smooth sea cucumber buried in the sand.