There is sliver of shore at Changi that has become our favourite because it is so rich with marine life. How is it doing today?
Aug 2015, I noticed a sharp decline compared to my last trip in May 2015, when I already noticed a decline compared to our last visit here in May 2014 and Jun 2013. Today, the situation did not seem to have deteriorated further.
This shore used to be very rich in echinoderms. Biscuit sea stars are still the most common sea star here, with many small and medium-sized ones. There were also a few small Cake sea stars. I didn't see any sand stars today.
Eight-armed sea star.
Sea Apple sea cucumber.
Thorny sea cucumbers and Pink warty sea cucumbers. I saw a few medium sized Garlic bread sea cucumbers, some Orange sea cucumber, one Purple sea cucumber. Burrowing in the sand were many Ball sea cucumbers as well as some Smooth sea cucumbers.
White sea urchins, and one small Thorny sea urchin.
Sea pencil? There were many Sea pencils and Spiky sea pens, also some Slender sea pens. But I didn't see any Flowery sea pens.
Ball flowery soft corals. Almost all of them had a very large brittle star living on them. Jonathan also found a small feather star.
Cerianthids, most of them with Phoronid worms. And also many large Geographic seahares and their pink egg strings.
Seagrass pipefishes. But none of us saw seahorses. I didn't see any other fishes.
Flower crab appears to be eating a Seagrass pipefish which is already cut into two pieces.
Big head seagrass octopuses. hese poor animals are often harvested by fishermen and used as bait. We also saw some horseshoe crabs, both Mangrove and Coastal.
Babylonia snails. This beautiful snail was identified as a new record for Singapore in 2013. Before then, we have not seen them. Now, we often see them on Changi, as well as East Coast and signs of them at Pasir Ris. Where did the snails come from? Does this suggest a change in our shores? I also saw one small Noble volute and one Ball moon snail. I also saw a few large living Fan shell clams.
Spoon seagrasses both with large and small leaf blades. But only a few patches of Needle seagrass. I did not see any Fern seagrass today, unlike on our last survey in Aug 2015.
Smooth ribbon seagrass!
Beige sheet ascidians that look like they were growing on the seagrasses.
dugong feeding trails.
Haddon's carpet anemones. Most of them had Tiny carpet anemoneshrimps. This anemone was heavily covered in sediments. Oh dear. Usually, the animals manage to keep themselves clear of sediments. We also saw the usual anemones that are common here, like the Tiger anemone, Striped sand anemone, Big hermit hitching anemone.
Aug 2015, I had already noticed that there are large sand bars bare of seagrass and the entire area is much firmer. In the past, it was much softer.
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