The reclaimed sandy shore of East Coast Park are alive! I made a solo visit near sunset with hardly anyone else on the shore.
Lush seagrass patches between the canal and the broad sand bar seems to be growing wider and also extending into deeper water.
Spoon seagrass with large leaf blades, and Needle seagrass with broad leaf blades. There were also patches of Needle seagrass with narrow leaf blades.
Fan shell clams, and many Thumbs up ascidians. I didn't see any anemones, sea cucumbers, sea urchins or sea stars. We saw a lot more on our last survey here in Feb 2016 and Jun 2015.
Button snails! First sign of Button snails are lots of shells of dead snails. No two shells are exactly alike!
Ball moon snails. There were also many Spiral melongena snails and a few Gong gong snails. I also saw several Acorn worms.
Weasel olive snails, leaving their typical furrows.
Cake sand dollars everywhere near the low water mark. Most are tiny with some small ones. I couldn't find any snails that eat them such as the Fig snail and Grey bonnet snail which we saw on our last survey here in Feb 2016.
Orange-striped hermit crabs. Many in clusters. Getting ready to mate?
Sally-light-foot crabs in the water. I always thought these crabs only hunted among the rocks.
Blue swimming crabs started foraging in the water. There were also many little Flower crabs.