Due to some miscomms, the boat was late. So we decided to walk to the shore! Thanks to Travis who showed us the way, we know how to get there.
Bazillion snails (Batillaria zonalis).
first visited last month.
Button snails (Umbonium vestiarum) just beneath the sand surface!
moon snails (Family Naticidae) on the shore.
Laganum sand dollars (Laganum depressum) which are rather rarely sighted, and some Common sea stars (Archaster typicus).
Cake sand dollars (Arachnoides placenta). This shore is also well foraged upon by all kinds of shore birds. I noticed that some of sand dollars had been pried out of the sand and pecked on centre on the underside. Little bird prints around the scene of the crime suggest the perpetrators. I noticed this behaviour earlier at Chek Jawa too.
wrote a paper about this, confirms that it's Ficus variegata. There were many Grey bonnet snails (Phalium glaucum) too. But not as many as we saw on our trip last month.
tube worms have incorporated them into their tubes!
Ozius guttatus, but it seems to be some kind of Eriphia.
carpet anemones (Stichodactyla haddoni), one had a pair of anemone shrimps.
stingray (Family Dasyatidae)! Only its long tail is left. Hermit crabs, which are abundant on this shore, were busy eating the softer parts. Nothing is wasted on the shore!
Yesterday, there was a big event at Chek Jawa with a visit by President Tony Tan! It was nice to see that Yi Feng was guiding the President there. And many of our friends were also at the visit, I'm seeing lots of great photos of the trip on facebook. And the visit was also featured in the media. Bravo to NParks and the volunteers for putting up a good show for our shores!
|Photo by Dr Chua Ee Kiam|
Another long walk later today as TeamSeagrass heads out to Pulau Semakau!
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