The colourful garden of sponges and seafans at Changi is still there!
Today, the tide wasn't very low so most of the sea fans were still submerged, barely visible through the murky water. Sea fans can grow in murky water because they don't have symbiotic algae
that rely on photosynthesis. We had a much better look at the sea fans
during a good low tide in Jul 2012.
Jan 2013 but doesn't seem as good as what I saw a year ago.
Candelabra sea fans, Lyre sea fan, Maze sea fans, Asparagus sea fan, a yellowish one and a bright purple one.
Skinny sea fans.
Gnarled sea fans. Most of them were healthy, but this one seems to be covered with some purple thing.
sponges. There were also small patches of hard corals: Zebra corals (Oulastrea crispata) and Neat hexa corals. I also saw some Stinging hydroids, many clumps of zoanthids (Zoanthus sp.) and a rock covered with Broad zoanthids (Palythoa mutuki).
dugongs have been feeding on the seagrasses here recently.
Thorny sea cucumbers (Colochirus quadrangularis) and a few Warty pink sea cucumbers (Cercodemas anceps), several cerianthids, one Haddon's carpet anemones (Stichodactyla haddoni), one Geographic sea hare (Syphonota geographica) and
one Biscuit sea stars (Goniodiscaster scaber). I also saw a few Swimming anemones (Boloceroides mcmurrichi) and many Ball sea cucumbers (Phyllophorus sp.) buried in the sand bar in the middle of the shore.