The Button snails still plentiful on a stretch of East Coast that was badly hit by the oil spill in May 2010.
Button snails (Umbonium vestiarum) are really cute! They have little blue eyes on stalks, a furry thing between the eyes (I'm not too sure what it is), and a little tubular siphon to breathe through while they are buried.
Olive snail (Family Olividae) and Ball moon snails (Polinices didyma). We came across many sign of tunneling predators, with lots of Button snails in their wake.
Periwinkle snails (Family Littorinidae) out and about. I have no idea what this 'pile up' of Periwinkles is about.
Javan limpets (Siphonaria javanica). Further up the nearby canal, the walls were coated with oysters and other encrusting bivalves.
Drill snails (Family Muricidae). There seems to be various kinds of them.
Sally-lightfoot crabs (Grapsus albolineatus) and of course, lots of Purple climbing crab (Metopograpsus sp.).
Moon crabs (Family Matutidae), lots of Flower crabs (Portunus pelagicus) and I saw two Charybdis annulata swimming crabs with rings on their legs, one with living barnacles on its body.
Tidal hermit crabs (Diogenes sp.) and small Striped hermit crabs (Clibanarius infraspinatus).
Smooth sea cucumber, one Painted sand star (Astropecten sp.) and many Cake sand dollars (Arachnoides placenta) , most were small or medium sized.
Acorn worms (Class Enteropneusta) and Sand bubbler crabs (Scopimera sp.).
Needle seagrasses (Halodule sp.)! Wow. My first time seeing this on this shore. These seagrasses are pioneers and are among the first to settle on bare sand. Hopefully, they will lay down the foundations for other seagrasses and more marine life to settle on this shore.
on 26 May. I've not been able to visit this shore as often as other Tanah Merah shores, visiting it only in July 2010 and May 2011 as well as a year ago in Aug 2011. Ivan also visited on 22 Apr 2011 (facebook).
This shore looks pretty much like it used to before the oil spill. Although the tide wasn't very low so I couldn't check out the lower shores.
Today is the start of the last series of super low morning tides for the year. Our last chance to check out some of our favourite shores when they're at their liveliest!