My first seashore trip after I broke my foot about 7 months ago! I managed to briefly explore the beautiful natural shore of Sentosa, which is so full of life.
There was a massive bloom of Bryopsis seaweed. This is normal. It happens seasonally, around this time of the year, just after the Sargassum seaweed bloom. This makes it tricky to walk on the shore as the seaweed is slippery, and we don't know what we are squashing under the seaweed. Also, we have had a Stonefish incident on this shore before, so we are very careful when exploring this shore.
Mosaic dragonet (Callionymus enneactis). My first sighting for Sentosa!
octopus! This shore has always been full of them and I'm glad to see one. The rest of the team also saw many. So it looks like Sentosa remains an Octopus' Garden!
Tape seagrasses, which were not very long but not cropped very short either. In many parts, there were thick growths of Spoon seagrasses with tiny blades. But some of the blades were 'missing' green stuff. Bleaching? This is not very different from what I observed here in Jun 2013.
Onch slug that I've not seen on Sentosa before; a tiny fast moving flatworm that resembles Phlegm; lots of little limpets
that look like Chinaman hats; and of course, snails. Though I didn't
see as many snails as I usually see in the past. There were also only a
few sea slaters.
Shore cricket! It is a true cricket that lives on the shores. At low tide, it forages on the miniature meadows of seaweeds that grows on the rocks.
Banded bead anemones. In this photo, the anemones that are still submerged have their tentacles expanded. While those that are out of the pool tuck their tentacles into their body so they resemble little beads.
floating 'security barrier' installed in 2012. I only managed to look
at a few of those nearer the shore. Compared to Pei Yan's last check in Aug 2013, none of the drums are broken, and it
appears they have been rearranged so that the drums no longer bash
against the rocks. The line of drums are also straighter. Pei Yan has
been documenting the changes and impact of these drums. Alas, she is
unwell today and couldn't come.
Sea teak (Podocarpus polystachyus) is blooming. The Sea teak is a conifer. That is, it produces seeds but no flowers. Instead, it has reproductive structures called cones or strobili. These are the male flowers. The scientific name refers to 'many (poly) ears of corn (stachys)' which is what the male cones resemble. The Delek air (Memecylon edule) is still there and was blooming and fruiting too.
Nyireh laut (Xylocarpus rumphii):
compound leaf with pale veins. This tree is rare in Singapore. There is
a big mother tree on Sentosa (which was too far for me to walk to
today). Perhaps this is one of her babies? Wow, so exciting.
Jun 2013. I hope it stays well until I can visit again!
Check out the photos shared by Kai on facebook for all the animals that I didn't see during the trip.