Reefy animals have settled on rocky parts of Changi. Early this morning, I made a solo visit to check them out.
The water is quite clear this morning! Tthere were many half beaks and I saw one Babylonia snail.
Gnarled sea fans.
Candelabra sea fans. In one, I saw a Winged oyster, the kind that only grows on sea fans. But didn't see any Ovulid snails in any of the sea fans. Which is just as well for the sea fans as the snails eat them!
Zebra coral. Among them, some Neat hexa corals. None of them were bleaching.
Flowery sea pens.
Sea pencil, and one Slender sea pen.
Common cerianthids out of the water on the soft silty parts of the shore. They all had tiny black Phoronid worms.
Sea toad crab is very well camouflaged. There were many large Stone crabs. I saw several different kinds of Swimming crabs too.
Stinging hydroid whose sting feels like a jolt of electricity. I saw a few small clumps today.
Candy hydroid doesn't sting and comes in bright pink or orange.
Lined bead anemones among the barnacles.
Banded fanworms. I usually only see these in reefy areas.
Crown sea stars.
armoured sea cucumbers are still here. I spot them from their general size and shape. In the water, their mouth (or butt?) is open (blue arrow). There were also many Orange sea cucumbers, some Ball sea cucumbers and one tiny Thorny sea cucumber. I also saw a Garlic bread sea cucumber.
Thorny sea urchin! Alas, I didn't see any feather stars today.
Jun 2014. The most abundant sponge on the shore was Melted chocolate sponge which still coated many rocks. Those in the water had many little Sponge synaptid sea cucumbers on them.
Golf ball sponges, most in deeper water.
Spiky ball sponges. But I didn't see any Purple branching sponges and Elegant branching sponge that are usually common here. Although there were many ascidians, I didn't come across any flatworms.
Spoon seagrass on the patch of dead cockle shells. It was dark and the ground was soft so I couldn't check much further for seagrass.
Perepat mangrove tree I saw in Jun 2014 has grown tall! There were also several other young mangrove saplings on the high shore including one Api-api putih.
More predawn trips ahead in the next few days!