Many creatures were well camouflaged. This fast moving Silt flatworm looks just like the sand that it's slithering rapidly through!
Common cerianthid with its tentacles retracted into its tube, surrounded by tiny Black phoronid worms that live with cerianthids.Zebra coral with the polyps extended!
Spearer mantis shrimp before it disappeared into its burrow. It peeped out, but refused to come all the way out again. Later, when I checked similarly shaped burrows, I noticed they also were homes to mantis shrimps!
snapping shrimps of various kinds burrowing in the soft silty sand among the seagrasses.
in a special relationship.
Tiger sea anemone, with its innards hanging out. I don't know why. Sometimes, I see the innards without seeing the spotted body column and mistake the blob for a jellyfish! I saw several of these Tiger anemones today.
Mini carpet anemones today. I have no idea why.
Haddon's carpet anemones and small Petal-mouthed mangrove anemones.
Common whelk has a pair of Snail-hitching anemones on its shell!
Big hermit-hitching sea anemones, although these were stuck to immobile hard surfaces and not shells occupied by hermit crabs.
Ball sea cucumber. You can tell because the tentacles are branched. Sea anemones mostly don't have branched tentacles.
Nest mussels. I saw many Plain sand stars well dug into the carpet, probably eating the mussels. When submerged in water, the mussel shells open slightly and I could see the animal filter feeding.
pink Ribbon worms on the silty sand. These worms are ferocious predators that can immobilise and eat large prey. I saw one eat a shrimp during another field trip.
spaghetti worm buried in the silty sand.
spaghetti worm with long sticky tentacles with fine yellow bands. I realised it was sensitive to light as it eventually disappeared into its tube as I tried to take a good photo of it.
Spoon seagrasses, but I didn't see any Hairy spoon seagrass. I didn't see any sponges. But I couldn't go into soft mud yet, my broken foot is still not ready for it. And I didn't manage to go beyond the Park boundaries.
Well before sunrise, a few fishermen were out on the exposed shores. One pair were fishing with lines, and another pair were digging in the ground.
every ship parked in Singapore port is provided with daily door-to-door trash collection.
Wouldn't cleaner waters be better for fish farmers? According toFarmers still reeling from losses after fish deaths by Neo Chai ChinToday Online 19 May 14: since the mass fish deaths in Mar 2104, some farmers "say water conditions have largely remained sub-par until last week, with some fish — albeit in smaller numbers — still dying."