Sep 2010. Last year, there was massive construction to rebuild the seawalls. How did the marine life cope?
There are still lush seagrass meadows of Spoon seagrass (Halophila ovalis) with lots of large green leaf blades.
Zebra coral (Oulastrea crispata), banded ceriathids (Order Ceriantharia), swimming anemones (Boloceroides mcmurrichi) and one small carpet anemone (Stichodactyla haddoni).
Glass anemone (Dofleinia sp.).
Common mojara (Gerres oyena), tiny Longspined scorpionfish (Paracentropogon longispinis), Black eeltail catfish (Plotosus canius), many Whitings (Sillago sp.). I also saw one tiny flatfish, and of course, many tiny gobies (Family Gobiidae).
snapping shrimps (Family Alpheidae) in the soft silty sand among the seagrasses. Some of them seemed to be in a relationship with a goby. The shrimp would always have one of its antennae touching the goby, and both the shrimp and the goby would disappear into the same burrow.
glass shrimps (Palaemon sp.). I also saw several Stone crabs (Myomenippe hardwicki).
hermit crabs of all sizes and various kinds.
Ball sea cucumbers (Phyllophorus sp.) everywhere.
Plain sand stars (Astropecten sp.). But I didn't see any other kinds of sea stars or sand dollars or sea urchins or brittle stars.
Calf moon snail (Natica vitellus), that first mystified me on this shore.
tube worm out of its tube. I'm not sure how it came to be outside its tube.
phoronid worms (Phoronis australis) that live with a cerianthid. I've long tried to get a photo with the cerianthid somewhat extended and the worms extended too. Today, I think I've finally got it! I've also been trying to get a photo of phoronids with cerianthids of other colours. But so far, I've only seen them with white ones. Hmmm...something to learn more about!
Caulerpa sertularioides, Gracilaria sp. and Ulva sp. The shore on most parts remained soft and silty at the low water mark, and were well covered by seagrasses. I noticed some new hard sand bars at the low water mark on some parts of the shore. Perhaps these sand bars are due to the recent work done on the beach? I should try to revisit soon to keep tabs on how this shore is doing.