Lush meadows of seagrasses suprised us at East Coast Park!
Thorny sea cucumbers (Colochirus quadrangularis) and Pink warty sea cucumbers (Cercodemas anceps) studded the seagrass meadows.
The shore had lots of lush fresh healthy looking Spoon seagrass (Halophila ovalis). As well as Needle seagrass. Among the seagrasses were little animals like this small Flower crab.
Needle seagrass (Halodule sp.).
Eight-armed sea star (Luidia maculata) which had only six arms. There are two in this photo, it's hard to spot them when they are covered in sand. Kok Sheng found only one with 8 arms.
Striped hermit crabs (Clibinarius infraspinatus) among the seagrasses.
Haddon's carpet anemones (Stichodactyla haddoni) on the shore. I saw two with Anemone shrimps (Periclimenes brevicarpalis), and one had a brittle star on it.
Tiny colourful brittle stars (Ophiothela danae) and various ovulid snails (Family Ovulidae).
Black long sea cucumber (Holothuria leucospilota). I saw one smooth sea cucumbers, an orange sea cucumber and many Ball sea cucumber (Phyllophorus sp.).
Kok Sheng found two Fig snails (Ficus variegata)! This shore reminds me of another shore on the East Coast that also had Fig snails and other awesome marine life. That shore has since been lost in 2008 to coastal works.
Egg-white moon snails (Polinices albumen). They are common on shores like Cyrene Reef. So it was nice to see them at East Coast Park!
Javan turid snail (Turricula javana) and Grey bonnet snail (Phalium glaucum). Not alive though.
Gong-gong snails (Strombus turturella) and Fan clams (Family Pinnidae).
sand divers (Family Trichonotidae) on the sandbar. They were still alive and I helped them back into the water. I have observed this so far only on Cyrene Reef.
Coastal horsehoe crabs (Tachypleus gigas) on the high shore. Were they laying eggs? They were upside down and struggling when we saw them. So we turned them over and later brought them down to the water as the female seemed to be struggling to go there. Strangely, we saw a pair of horseshoe crabs in a similar situation at East Coast Park in 2009 too.
Noodle seagrass (Syringodium isoetifolium) and Tape seagrass (Enhalus acoroides). There were some other bits which were not sure how to ID as they were small fragments. We had infact seen bits of seagrasses washing up on East Coast Park in 2008 and 2009.
The last time I saw large areas of seagrasses in East Coast Park was in the Cable Ski Park lagoon in 2009. Our last trip here was in 2008 when the sandy lagoon had become very silty. It was a very nice
surprise to see it doing so well now. Earlier today, we enjoyed exploring a reefy part of East Coast Park. Wouldn't it be marvellous if the artificial East Coast Park beaches could be constructed to encourage such natural marine regeneration?