The oil-slicked Tanah Merah shore is still very much alive! Today I saw this beautiful Copperband butterflyfish (Chelmon rostratus) !
I saw this large fish stranded in a pool of water. I didn't dare come too close to it as it trashed about a fair bit.I think it's some kind of Needlefish (Family Belonidae).
Chocolate hind (Cephalopolis boenak). I didn't see any moray eels today.
filefishes (Family Monacanthidae), although they are hard to spot as they can change their colours to match their surroundings and often position themselves so they look very unfish-like.
gobies (Family Gobiidae) of all kinds. The large long one is probably the Crocodile flathead (Psammogobius biocellatus).
damselfishes (Family Pomacentridae). There were also lots of cardinalfishes (Family Apogonidae).
Hollow-cheeked stonefish (Synanceia horrida). Can you see him? There were probably more, but I just didn't see them.
mushroom corals (Family Fungiidae)! When small, these hard corals grow attached to a hard surface on a little stalk, and thus resemble mushrooms. As they get older, they break off and live unattached on the sea bottom.
Favid corals (Family Faviidae). None of them were bleaching.
Pore corals (Porites sp.) colonies. A few seem to be bleaching, oh dear.
Brain coral (Family Mussidae), several tiny to small Disk coral (Turbinaria sp.) and one Anemone coral (Goniopora sp.) and one Bracket mushroom coral.
Peachia anemones (Peachia sp.), I saw one Frilly sea anemone (Phymanthus sp.), and several Swimming anemone (Boloceroides mcmurrichi).
Button zoanthids or colonial anemones (Zoanthus sp.). .
Swimming crabs (Family Portunidae), one Red egg crab (Atergatis integerrimus), one Stone crab (Myomenippe hardwickii) and many small Spotted moon crabs (Ashtoret lunaris).
Saron shrimp (Family Hippolytidae. It's bright blue at first. But it seems that the shrimp can change its colours to match its surroundings! This same shrimp turned a dull brown among brown seaweeds.
Firebrand murex (Chicoreus torrefactus) each 'clutching' a small snail, probably eating them? Most of them were eating Bazillion snails (Batillaria zonalis) which remain abundant on the shore. One was eating another kind of snail. I saw lots of sand collars, but I didn't see a single living moon snail (Family Naticidae) which create these egg masses.
ascidians. I saw quite a few patches of them today. I don't remember seeing so many of them recently.
Spoon seagrass (Halophila ovalis), for the first time in more than two years! The small patch of Sickle seagrass (Thalassia hemprichii) seems to be doing well.
Smooth ribbon seagrass (Cymodocea rotundata) continue to be doing well, covering a large area with long leaf blades.
Haddon's carpet anemones (Stichodactyla haddoni) that dot the Ribbon seagrass patches are still there and doing well. Some of them had a Five-spot anemone shrimp (Periclimenes brevicarpalis). In one of them, I saw an anemone shrimp.
Tape seagrass (Enhalus acoroides) seems to be bleaching, but its leaf blades remain long. Today I saw four other small clumps of Tape seagrasses. Are the seagrasses growing back in the lagoon? I hope so!
sea grape green seaweeds (Caulerpa racemosa)! These seaweeds are eaten by slugs and other marine life, so a return of seaweeds hopefully means a return of more of our favourite sea creatures. There wsome long strands of Sargassum seaweed (Sargassum sp.) and lots of Mermaid's fan (Padina sp.).
Acorn worms (Class Enteropneusta) than usual. And most had large piles of relatively clean 'processed' coils of sand. There were also many signs of burrowing Sand bubbler crabs (Scopimera sp.).
fanworms, Thumbs up sea squirts (Polycarpa sp.), Today, I didn't see any special hermit crabs and missed spotting any Common sea stars (Archaster typicus). On some parts of the shore, crude oil was still seen under a thin layer of sand. And a sheen of sandy oil gathers over corals growing on the seawalls.
More details. Bravo for ICCS!
February, and I'm glad that the shore seems alright. Tomorrow, I'm hoping to check out the rest of this long Tanah Merah shore.
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