This shore was impacted by the 300-tonne oil spill in the East Johor Strait seven months ago.
The oil spill started at Pasir Gudang in Johor, whose lights were visible at dawn, as shore birds foraged on the seagrasses of Pasir Ris. It was nice to see dugong feeding trails in the lush seagrass meadows here.
Spoon seagrasses are among their favourites and these furrows were seen in meadows of Spoon seagrasses.
Hairy spoon seagrass as we did on our last survey here in Oct 2015.
Eight armed sea star. But I'm surprised to see only one Biscuit sea star.
Cake sea stars. I didn't come across any Sand stars.
Black sea urchins on the rocks.
Ball sea cucumbers and one small Garlic bread sea cucumber.
Slender seagrass octopus. There were also a few snapping shrimps and many swimming crabs and Stone crabs. On the high shore there were signs of Sand bubbler crabs and Ghost crabs.
Flowery sea pens, many Sea pencils and several Slender sea pens.
Cerianthids, and one had a lot of little black Phoronid worms.
Haddon's anemones, I did not many other kinds of anemones.
Zebra coral encrusted many of the rocks on the shore. Most were nice and brown, although a few patches were rather pale. But I didn't see any sponges on the rocks, similar to our last survey here in Oct 2015.
Gracilaria and Ulva. I was surprised to see many clumps of Round sea grape seaweeds. I don't usually see large amounts of this seaweed on our Northern shore. This is my first sighting at Pasir Ris. A sign of a changing shore?
Oct 2015 but it was done during an evening tide. The last morning low tide survey was 3 years ago in May 2014 when I saw much more marine life. In May 2017, we surveyed another part of Pasir Ris further away from Pasir Gudang, where we saw many more anemones.
Photos by others on this trip