What's this curious little blob next to a tiny batch of eggs on a seagrass blade? Might be a slug of some kind?
There's a bloom of Sea lettuce green seaweed (Ulva sp.) on the shore. It's tricky to walk on this green carpet as there are all kinds of rocks, poky things under the slippery seaweed. But we're in luck! Seems like Mama Wild Boar (Sus scrofa) and her babies have just been through here, so we just follow their little footprints for a safe trip to the seagrass meadows.
Fern seagrass (Halophila spinulosa)! The Smooth ribbon seagrass (Cymodocea rotundata) remains lush and covering a large area. We even saw small patches of the rare Beccari's seagrass (Halophila beccarii). And there were lots of Needle seagrass (Halodule sp.) and Spoon seagrass (Halophila ovalis) as usual.
Spoon seagrass (Halophila ovalis).
Carpet anemone (Stichodactyla haddoni) perched on a seagrass blade.
cerianthids aka peacock anemones.
Noble volute (Cymbiola nobilis) laying an egg capsule near her frame!
Garlic bread sea cucumbers (Holothuria scabra)! Like marine earthworms, these animals play an important role in the health of seagrasses. Siti shared how she encountered sad examples of overcollection of these sea cucumbers elsewhere. We are lucky in Singapore that these animals are safe!
Common sea stars (Archaster typicus), which is no longer common at Chek Jawa. They were among the common animals affected by the mass deaths on Chek Jawa in 2007 following heavy flooding in Johor.
Spiny red seaweed (Acanthophora sp.).
Knobbly red seaweed (Gracilaria salicornia) is! The 'bubbles' of new 'stems' squeeze out of one another!