The tide is not very low, but we're out to check up on the Tuas shore with Sheryl. She leads TeamSeagrass monitoring at Tuas with volunteers at Merck, whose property fronts the shore.
Sea fans are quite commonly found at Tuas. Here's a closer look a the lovely little polyps on a sea fan that is shaped like a candelabra. Wah, I can see the insides of the nearly transparent polyps. And see how they can retract completely into the common tissue.
flowery soft corals (Family Nephtheidae). These are colonies of tiny polyps that emerge from a shared common tissue. The tissues are reinforced with tiny spikes of calcium carbonate. These spikes may form a 'basket' around the polyps. Alas, the polyps had their branched tentacles tucked into the body column. The polyps, however, can't retract completely into the common tissue. They merely curl up into bumps.
Tiny brittle stars infest these soft corals! They are quite small and fast moving.
Ball flowery soft coral. Alas, the polyps refused to open up to show their tentacles.
white snapping shrimps! They are very shy and hard to photograph.
the very long driftnet that we saw when we were last at Tuas. When the Merck volunteers returned to remove the rest of it, it was already gone. Hopefully the fisherman had removed it.
More trips coming up as the last low spring tides of the year approach!