the seagrasses were sparse in 2012.
We arrive a little early and some of the shore is already exposed!
Fern seagrass, large leaved Spoon seagrass and Needle seagrass everywhere. Today, we didn't see any dugong feeding trails although perhaps this is because the tide wasn't that low and we couldn't see the seagrasses in deeper waters.
White sea urchins but not as plentiful as in the past. Crabs seen include various small Swimming crabs and small Moon crabs. There were also various hermit crabs.
Knobbly sea star just as we were about to leave. It is very well camouflaged among the seagrass! There were large numbers of small Biscuit stars, Painted sand stars and Plain sand stars. Other sea stars we saw included small Cake sea stars and small Spiny sea stars. We didn't see any Pink sand dollars.
Pink warty sea cucumbers (below) and Thorny sea cucumbers. There were also many small Garlic bread sea cucumbers. The team also found a See-through sea cucumber.
Hammer oysters, some laying on the ground, others buried with the T-shaped side down. There were also many small to medium sized Fan clams, and a few small Window pane shells.
Purple branching sponge.
Noble volute and one Miliaris cowrie There were a lot of Black-lipped conch snails! There was a man collecting a plastic bag full of Gong gong. We didn't come across sand bars (Mei Lin says they are now in deeper water), so we didn't see the sandy shore snails.
Haddon's carpet anemone and one cerianthid. It was a daylight trip, so perhaps that's why we didn't see the sea pencils and other sea pens usually common here.
Big brown mactra clams washed up on the shore, these are usually buried. Also many 'uprooted' (the usually buried) Ball sea cucumbers, Smooth sea cucumbers. I'm not sure if this is normal.
May 2013. This shore is one of the few places where we found Synpeachia temasek, a new genus and new species of sea anemone is described from Singapore!
On the way to this shore, I noticed two large barges with large cranes on the beach at Carpark 6. It appears that they are working on a large drain there. I hope this doesn't affect the marine life found on the shore.
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