Early this morning, Dr Dan Rittschof joins us for a look at Changi. I didn't realise this was his first morning trip with us! Debby Ng of the Hantu Bloggers was also with us, another rare privilege.
As usual, some parts of this shore is festooned with colourful sponges, hydroids and other amazing animals. Even man-made structures are coated in them. Today I saw few zoanthids (Order Zoanthidea).
flowery sea pens (Family Veretillidae), large sea fans (Order Gorgonacea), blooming cerianthids (Order Ceriantharia) and other animals in deeper water. Alas, none of the seahorses I saw on my last trip here in June 2011.
Blue spotted flatworm (cf Pseudoceros indicus).
Hypselodoris kanga for a long while. Thank you Dr Dan!
Spotted tail frogfish (Lophiocharon trisignatus)! It was very lively and displayed its very clearly spotted tail.
Crown sea stars (Asterina coronata) that we often see on rocky shores here. Dr Dan also found an orange one!
feather star (Order Crinodea)! It was quite lively and crawled about on the rocks until if found a comfortable spot to cling on with its claw-like 'feet'.
Mangrove tree-dwelling crab (Selatium brocki) on a pillar. It's usually found in mangroves. As usual, there were many Purple climber crabs (Metopograpsus sp.), large Stone crabs (Myomenippe hardwicki) on the rocks and many different kinds of swimming crabs (Family Portunidae) in the water.
Ovum cowries (Cypraea ovum) and Hoof-shield limpets (Scutus sp.). But today I didn't see any pink flowery soft coral (Family Nephtheidae) or Ball flowery soft corals (Family Nephtheidae).
The large boulders here often have a thick carpet of tiny algae. I pointed out the funny looking long-legged insects that were constantly bouncing up and down poking their butts into the algae. Dr Dan is fascinated with them and believes they are laying eggs.
shore cricket (Family Gryllidae) and I was glad they are still common on this shore. Dr Dan said he didn't know there could be so many different kinds of insects found on the intertidal.
Spoon seagrass (Halophila ovalis) seem to be doing fine, with lots of big green leaf blades.
Recently, the Cat Welfare blog featured a cat that was injured by an abandoned fish line. The blog said "A community cat was spotted at Yishun Orchid Country Club with a nylon string dangling from its anus. Some caregivers managed to trap the cat and send it to AMK Veterinary Clinic. The vet found its intenstines in a tangle and immediately did a survey. A rusty fishing hook with a long nylon string was removed from its intestine." The cat probably ate a fish still stuck to a hook and line!
Tomorrow morning, a few of us are heading out for Project Driftnet at Pulau Semakau. To remove some nets we have been seeing there.
Debby also posted about this trip on the Hantu Blog.