Today is Dr Daphne Fautin's Sea Anemone Workhop which starts in a few hours time. But the tide is very low at 4am, so a small contingent headed out to focus on sea anemones of Changi that Dr Daphne would like to feature in her workshop.
This is what the 'Strawberry' anemone looks like with its tentacles expanded. It is large with striped tentacles so I called it the Tiger anemone. Soon, we will find out its true name!
Peachia anemones (Peachia sp.) which have a long smooth body column. But I think this one is another kind of anemone.
fat anemone with short tentacles is sometimes seen stuck on shells occupied by hermit crabs, also on living snails and small stones.
Ball tip anemones which Dr Daphne thinks might be corallimorphs, and several other strange anemones.
There are lots of cerianthids on Changi which do look like sea anemones. But while sea anemones belong to Order Actiniaria, cerianthids are not true anemones and belong to Order Ceriantharia. There's a little swimming crab next to this bright green cerianthid!
Painted porcelain crab (Porcellanella picta) that is often seen on our sea pens? Or something else?
Blue-spotted stingray (Dasyatis kuhlii). This is why we shouldn't step into murky water! Also so that we don't trample on marine life that we can't see.
The rest of the team have much better posts of the rich marine life on this shore: