April 2010. How is the shore doing? Alas, it doesn't seem to be doing too well. But there were still many signs of marine life.
I saw few coral colonies today. This was the only large living hard coral colony that I saw on the intertidal.
Pore corals (Porites sp.). Several tiny to small Favid corals (Family Faviidae) and one small Goniopora coral (Goniopora sp.).
Sickle seagrass (Thalassia hemprichii) and Spoon seagrass (Halophila ovalis).. Elsewhere, seagrasses are virtually absent with only a few clumps of Tape seagrass (Enhalus acoroides) here and there. The situation seems to me to be worse than during my trip last year.
Ceratodictyon spongiosum) and a sponge (Halichlona cymaeformis)! On the rocks were many clumps of Small halimeda seaweed (Halimeda sp.). There were scatterings of various other kinds of seaweeds. The intertidal was basically quite barren.
Mullets (Family Mugilidae) were the most common with one or two of the other commonly seen shore fishes.
gobies (Family Gobiidae) in the pools left behind at low tide.
|Mystery fish no. 1|
swimming crabs (Family Portunidae), mostly these Blue ones (Thalamita sp.). This pair were in mating position although they looked rather small. I didn't come across any other kind of crab on the intertidal.
where the cofferdam used to be there were lots and lots of Saron shrimps (Family Hippolytidae) ! What a surprise! They were very shy and it was tough to get a good shot of them.
snapping shrimps (Family Alpheidae). There were many wide smooth tunnels in the hard rubble and I saw signs of a Coral ghost shrimp (Glypturus sp.) in one of them.
Frilly anemones (Phymanthus sp.) and one cluster of corallimorphs (Order Corallimorpharia).
black-mouth cerianthid (Order Ceriantharia).
Zoanthids (Order Zoanthidea) here and there.
Blue-lined flatworm (Pseudoceros sp.).
Yellow prickly branching sponges (Pseudoceratina purpurea), Blue spatula sponge (Lamellodysidea herbacea) and chocolate sponges (Spheciospongia cf. vagabunda). There were small clumps of other kinds of sponges.
onch slugs (Family Onchidiidae) and crabs and crusties like Sea slaters (Ligia sp.) and Purple climber crabs (Metopograpsus sp.).
Land hermit crabs (Coenobita sp.).
Sadly, concrete slabs that have been seen for years on Labrador are still here. More in this post.
Life is still clinging onto Labrador. Let's hope it can return to its original splendor once the massive coastal works going on around it is over.