I visited after sunrise on a not so low tide. So I didn't see as many fishes and crabs as I did on my night trip in June. I did see two large Spotted moon crabs (Ashtoret lunaris), and lots of little Flower crabs (Portunus pelagicus).
Common sea stars (Archaster typicus) today.
Window-pane clam (Placuna sp.) on the rockier parts of the shore.
Fan clams (Family Pinnidae) and on the seawall, a large oyster (Family Ostreidae).
Bazillion snails (Batillaria zonalis), I saw a few Oval moon snails (Polinices mammila) and several burrowing creeper snails.
leathery soft coral (Family Alcyoniidae) that I visit every month seems fine. It was windy today, which kept the sandflies away but made it difficult to photograph submerged animals. And the ground is still soft and silty near the seawall, resulting in murky water with every step.
Favid corals (Family Faviidae) small and large.
Pore corals (Porites sp.). Most of them seem alright.
Flowery disk coral (Turbinaria sp.).
Thin disk coral (Turbinaria sp.).
Anemone corals (Goniopora sp.) and one large Bracket mushroom coral.
Acropora coral (Acropora sp.) that I've been seeing seems to be dying off at the tips.
Button zoanthids or colonial anemones (Zoanthus sp.). But I didn't manage to see any sea anemones or other kinds of cnidarians.
Blue spatula sponge (Lamellodysidea herbacea) were still the most common on the shore, with lots of whitish ones on the seawall.
Spoon seagrass (Halophila ovalis). I saw several small patches of these seagrasses, and one small clump of Tape seagrass (Enhalus acoroides).
Knobbly red seaweeds (Gracilaria salicornia) on the rockier part of the shore. There were also some Sargassum seaweed (Sargassum sp.) and Mermaid's fan (Padina sp.). Some parts of the rockier portions of the shore was 'crunchy' with a coating of tiny pink pom pom seaweed. There was a sprinkling of other kinds of seaweeds.
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