There were three other seahorses on the shore too! I think at least one of them was also a pregnant father. The Estuarine seahorse (Hippocampus kuda) is thankfully still quite common on Changi. Like other seahorses, it is the father that carries the eggs and 'gives birth' to live young. For this reason, seahorses don't spread very well to other shores. So it's important not to harm or remove the seahorses on Changi, if we would like to continue to see them here.
Seagrass pipefishes on the shore today. There are times when we see lots of these pipefishes and other times when we see none. Like seahorses, it is the papa pipefish that carries the eggs. Do the papas come to the seagrass meadows to release their babies? Changi seems to be a great place for dads!
Longspined scorpionfish (Paracentropogon longispinis) was particularly plentiful! But I was attracted to this pretty dragonet (Family Callionymidae).
Tongue-sole (Family Cynoglossidae). I've not seen a tongue-sole with this banded pattern before.
Biscuit sea stars (Goniodiscaster scaber) tiny to very large, Cake sea stars (Anthenea aspera) from bright orange to more subtle colours. I didn't come across any Painted sand stars or Plain sand stars.
Luidia sea star (Luidia sp.) which has so far only been seen at Changi and Chek Jawa.
blue feather star and for the first time for me, a black feather star on Changi.
Thorny sea cucumbers (Colochirus quadrangularis), many Warty pink sea cucumbers (Cercodemas anceps) and many purple sea cucumbers, many buried ball sea cucumbers (Phyllophorus sp.) and Smooth sea cucumbers. Also some orange sea cucumbers and one beige sea cucumber.
Black sea urchins (Temnopleurus sp.) and Chay Hoon found a Pink sand dollar (Peronella lesueri).
Changi is also special to me because of the many kinds of sea anemones that live here. There were many small to medium sized Haddon's carpet anemones (Stichodactyla haddoni). Most had tiny anemone shrimps in them, and one had a large larger Five-spot anemone shrimps (Periclimenes brevicarpalis).
Tiny carpet anemones (Stichodactyla tapetum) which are not baby Haddon's carpet anemones but a different species.
Tiger anemones are commonly seen. The anemone has yet to be identified.
Swimming anemones (Boloceroides mcmurrichi), also this strange striped sand anemone which seems to have a bright orange body column, and Peachia anemones (Peachia sp.).
Slender sea pens (Virgularia sp.) of various patterns and colours. The strange Sea pencil I've so far commonly seen only on Changi. There were also many Spiky sea pens (Scytalium sp.).
flowery sea pens (Family Veretillidae) too.
Painted porcelain crabs (Porcellanella picta) will settle on a sea fan. Today I saw a sea fan with FOUR of these porcelain crabs!
cerianthids (Order Ceriantharia) on this shore. Commonly called peacock anemones, these animals are NOT true anemones which belong to Order Actiniaria. On Changi, the black fluffy Phoronid worm (Phoronis australis) is often seen with these cerianthids.
spidery crabs that I almost missed.
Ball flowery soft corals!
yesterday. Clumps of colourful marine life of all kinds settle on these hard surfaces.
sea fans (Order Gorgonacea) of all kinds grew on the hard surfaces! I saw more sea fans on Changi than I did at yesterday's trip to Beting Bronok.
tiny colourful brittle stars (Ophiotela danea)! I also noticed when I got home that there was a little spindle cowrie on the sea fan too.
swimming crabs (Family Portunidae) but I'm not sure what they are.
Bushy slugs (Polybranchia orientalis) on the shore today. They are well camouflaged!
Geographic seahare (Syphonota geographica), while Chay Hoon of course finds lots more interesting slugs.
I saw one Miliaris cowrie (Cypraea miliaris). In the past, I used to see more of them on this shore.
Seagrass octopus! This kind of octopus looks and behaves differently from the ones we usually see on reefs.
Hairy spoon seagrass (Halophila decipiens). A species of seagrass that was discovered in Singapore only in 2008! The predominant species on this stretch of Changi is Spoon seagrass (Halophila ovalis).
last month. Wow! Do dugongs also visit the seagrass meadows on Changi?
Oriental pied hornbills that flew onto some trees nearby. We quietly looked for them and found them eating the juicy looking fruits on this tree. I'm not sure what tree this is but I think it's NOT a native tree.
This Changi shore is very special and I should try to visit it more often. Alas, there are not enough low tides to visit all our shores as often as I would like to! Tomorrow, another predawn trip to another stretch of Changi!
Other posts about this trip
- Kok Sheng with colourful Sea apple sea cucumber, bright orange slug and lots and lots of other creatures.