Early this morning, I was glad to share with agencies my favourite Tuas shore.
Here we are bright and early, ready to head off to the reef!
seagrass meadows which is home to a wide variety of animals. As usual, the visitors are the ones who find all the cool stuff. Like this large Orange-striped hermit crab. Also found: fiddler crabs, whelks, elbow crab, spider crab, sea cucumber and more!
sandy area may appear bare, but here, burrowing animals are found such as this Ball sea cucumber. Other burrowing creatures include the Peacock anemone and tubeworms.
Eight-armed sea star is a predator. But it tends to drop off its arms if it is alarmed, so we musn't handle it, and if we do, we must be super gentle and careful.
Ball soft corals, flowery soft corals, starry leathery soft corals and also small Haddon's carpet anemones. We also saw a Snaky sea anemone. In deeper water there are more reef creatures. Such as hard corals. Which are indeed hard to the gentle touch. Most of the corals we saw were Disk corals.
sponges of all kinds!
zoanthids, we spot a Long black sea cucumber. It is possible to gently hold it. Important not to squeeze or poke it or it might squirt out white stuff.
sea fans! Also, nasty Stinging hydroids.
Fan shell clam that was dead. We also saw a large dead Noble volunte shell.
rocky shore with Stone crabs, rock stars and porcelain crabs. We also saw a Hairy sea hare.
otters on the shore last year. Staff of MSD, the company located along this shore, have been steadfastly monitoring the seagrass on this shore for 8 years with TeamSeagrass.
more photos and stories of what we saw on this shore.
This special sliver of shore is all that is left of Singapore's natural western reefs. Kok Sheng shared this photo of what Merawang looked like before the Tuas reclamation, at the map exhibition at the National Library.