Yesterday, the tide was low enough for us to safely cross the water to the Beacon! The water was clear so we could enjoy the underwater fantasy world found in here.
Winged oyster, a kind of clam that grows among sea fans. But we didn't see any other commensals on the sea fans.
Skinny sea fan, small colonies of Candelabra sea fans, small colonies of Gnarled sea fans and large clumps of Flat-branch sea fans. I didn't come across the pink Tree sea fans that I used to see here.
Stinging hydroids. Their sting is like a jolt of electricity and the burn lasts for months! This is why we should always cover all skin when working in water.
Disk corals of various kinds.
Favid corals and most were Pore corals. Some of the Pore corals were quite large, exceeding 60cm.
Anemone coral and it looks like it is about to bleach.
Ball soft corals dotting the deeper waters. I saw a cluster of Feathery soft corals. There were also many small clusters of flowery soft corals including a few small colonies of Pink flowery soft corals.
Cerianthids, and clusters of what appear to be Starry leathery soft corals.
Haddon's carpet anemones. But I couldn't find anemone shrimps in any of them.
Snaky sea anemone that was half retracted into the sand.
sponges here and there. The most abundant being the Melted chocolate sponge that coats the rocks.
Fan clams alive and well. Providing a hard place for all kinds of other plants and animals to settle on.
8-armed sand stars! Our first sighting for Tuas.
Biscuit star, and Kok Sheng found a pretty pink Cake sea star.
Bornella nudibranchs, our first sighting for Tuas.
Long black sea cucumbers, also some Thorny sea cucumbers, as well as one Garlic bread sea cucumber and one Beige sea cucumber. I also noticed Ball sea cucumbers buried in the sand.
Oval heart urchin skeletons. I'm not sure why so many are dead. But I also saw several living Cake sand dollars.
TeamSeagrass. She also makes all the tedious arrangements so that we can make these surveys. Thank you Sheryl!
what we saw of the reclamation yesterday.
Our last trip here was in Dec 2014. We hope to make more frequent visits to this shore.
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