There is a tiny sliver of natural shore at Tuas teeming with marine life. My last visit to this shore was in April.
Thorny sea cucumbers (Colochirus quadrangularis), as well as Orange sea cucumbers.
There were lots of Haddon's carpet anemones (Stichodactyla haddoni) too. I also saw several purple sea cucumbers.
Blue swimming crab (Thalamita sp.) near a patch of Zebra coral (Oulastrea crispata).
Striped hermit crab (Clibanarius infraspinatus) which has just moulted!
Button zoanthids (Zoanthus sp.), I saw a small clump of Sea mat zoanthids (Palythoa tuberculosa). Also several colonies of Flowery disk corals (Turbinaria sp.) and one colony of Favid coral.
Candelabra sea fans, some Flat branch sea fans and Skinny sea fans. There were also several different kinds of hydroids (Order Hydrozoa).
Ball soft corals and small colonies of Flowery soft corals (Family Nephtheidae). I also saw some Common cerianthids (Order Ceriantharia).
While Sheryl and I looked at the seagrasses at Tuas as part of TeamSeagrass monitoring, Kok Sheng documented the shore. And Bee Yan had a look for crabs in the small cluster of mangroves on the shore. She is doing a revision of the Singapore mangrove crab checklist and wants to survey all the mangroves in Singapore to find out the diversity of mangrove crabs. Despite her packed schedule, I'm glad she found time to visit this little patch of mangroves at Tuas.
Big coin green seaweed (Halimeda sp.) with small clumps of other green seaweeds.
White-spotted rabbitfish (Siganus canaliculatus). Ouch! Now I know what the descriptions mean by the fish having poisonous spines. There was a sharp pain that went down my finger to my wrist, which dulled to an acid ache in about 15 minutes. A few hours later, there's no more pain.
Project Driftnet blog.
Thanks to Sheryl of Merck for arranging for us to visit!
The evening low tides have started with a vengeance. For the next five days, back-to-back field trips to more amazing shores of Singapore! Trying to document what we have, and dealing with the many threats we see there.