My first time seeing this hermit crab at Tanah Merah! It looks like Clibanarius virescens and so far, I've only seen it once at Sisters Island! Although there are still signs of the oil spill that happened in 2010, there's lots of life here!
Here's another special hermit crab that I don't see too often. This is Clibanarius cruentatus that I've seen before at Tanah Merah. But it's nice to see it again!
Banded hermit crab is commonly encountered although often overlooked. I've yet to find out what it is exactly.
Dardanus megistos is not often seen on other shores, but I've regularly seen this species on Tanah Merah even after the oil spill.
Favid corals (Family Faviidae). None of them were bleaching.
Pore corals (Porites sp.) and I saw one Disk coral (Turbinaria sp.) and one Anemone coral (Goniopora sp.).
Common sea stars (Archaster typicus) and wow, they are now enormous! See my size 7 foot next to them.
Bazillion snails (Batillaria zonalis).
sand collars, which are the egg mass of moon snails. But I didn't see a single living moon snail (Family Naticidae). Perhaps they will only come out at night?
Swimming crabs (Family Portunidae), some Spotted moon crabs (Ashtoret lunaris) and Flower crabs (Portunus pelagicus) and a Ghost crab (Ocypode cerathophthalmus). The fishes remained mostly well hidden under rocks, but I did spot a few Painted scorpionfishes (Parascorpaena picta). There were many fanworms, Thumbs up sea squirts (Polycarpa sp.) and several clusters of Button zoanthids or colonial anemones (Zoanthus sp.).
Smooth ribbon seagrass (Cymodocea rotundata) seems well, covering a large area with long leaf blades.
Haddon's carpet anemones (Stichodactyla haddoni) that dot the patches are still there and doing well. Some of them had anemone shrimps.
Tape seagrass (Enhalus acoroides) among the Smooth ribbon seagrasses!
Sickle seagrass (Thalassia hemprichii) seems to have recovered. For months now when I visit I see them 'chomped' short. Today, the leaf blades were nice and long!
Spoon seagrass (Halophila ovalis).
Sargassum seaweed (Sargassum sp.) on Tanah Merah. Previously, only short strands were ween. I looked but couldn't find any seahorses in them like we used to in the past. Perhaps they will return later?
a clean up on this shore! Hurray! It's nice to see that the shore is still very much alive and that so many people still care about it.
More about the oil spill on this blog and on the Oil spill facebook page.