Chek Jawa is particularly enchanting at sunrise! And the seagrasses here are still lush and lovely.
The small team arrived at Ubin Jetty at daybreak. They oblige me with a little group photo.
crab moult! And spend some time marvelling at how this takes place, leaving behind a perfect but 'empty' crab.
halfbeak (Family Hemiramphidae). We all take a closer look at it. It's so cute! Seagrasses are important habitats for all kinds of creatures, including juveniles of what will eventually grow up to be our favourite seafood.
stingrays foraging for buried titbits in the sand.
Spoon seagrass (Halophila ovalis). Animals such as Window pane shells (Placuna sp.) are still common here.
Haddon's carpet anemones (Stichodactyla haddoni) stud the seagrass meadows.
Smooth ribbon seagrass (Cymodocea rotundata) has grown tremendously and now reaches to and beyond the southern sand bar. The blades are nice and green. Among them are marine creatures such as these bright Orange lobed ascidians.
Beccari's seagrass (Halophila beccarii) near the boardwalk. We also saw nice growths of Fern seagrass (Halophila spinulosa) but I forgot to take a photo of them. I searched for but failed to find the patch of Sickle seagrass (Thalassia hemprichii) near the northern sand bar.
dugong feeding trails.
Delek Air (Memecylon edule) growing in the coastal forest. One of the trees was blooming! It also had bright red fruits.
Moon coral, don't you think? They were delicious!
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