There are strange large fat red sea anemones at Punggol. The rest of the team have been seeing them on their visits there. Kok Sheng, Mei Lin and James have shared photos of them.
I arrive after sunrise (for a change) at this scenic boulder-strewn shore.
Banded bead anemones (Anthopleura sp.).
Diadumene lineata, which are among the most common sea anemones in the world. When submerged, it has slender delicately spotted tentacles.
Zebra coral (Oulastrea crispata), lots of little and large crabs, many creeping Onch slugs. Snails like the Spiral melongena (Pugilina cochlidium) and drills (Family Muricidae) were abundant, as well as their egg capsules. In some areas, living waves of enormous sea slaters (Ligia sp.) washed among the rocks.
vermetid snails (Family Vermetidae) have a pair of tentacles, and an operculum that is used to seal the shell opening.
Black sea urchins (Temnopleurus sp.).
sponges were also growing on the rocks. I also saw some colourful hydroids and one sea fan (but the photo was too blurry).
green mussels (Perna viridis) which grow plentifully here. She added that Chinese nationals often came to gather the oysters and other marine life. During our brief chat, I mentioned that she might want to reconsider feeding her family with marine life gathered from this shore as they are too close to the industrial facilities nearby. Shellfish and fish can accumulate toxins that can make us ill.
Dr Daphen's study of Singapore's sea anemone diversity over the past five years suggests that there about 50 shallow-water species and most of them undocumented until recently. Singapore's sea anemone diversity is so high that it was postulated that Singapore has more species of sea anemones than the entire west coast of north America!
Find out MORE about our sea anemones. Come for Dr Daphne's "Sea Anemone Lecture"on 21 Jun (Tue) 7pm. It's free and all are welcome to attend. She will speak on "Hidden treasures of biodiversity: flowers of the marine world (sea anemones)"