There were lots and lots of Sea apples on the Changi shore that we explored this morning!
Here's some of the Sea apple sea cucumbers that I saw today. Their bright colours advertise their toxic nature. They should not be meddled with. They should not be collected and put into a marine tank as they will probably kill all their tank mates.
Thorny sea cucumbers as well as Pink warty sea cucumbers. There were lots of Ball sea cucumbers buried and floating loose. I saw many small Garlic bread sea cucumbers, one Beige sea cucumber, several Smooth sea cucumbers and Orange sea cucumbers.
Painted sea star out of water appeared to have open wounds or scars on its body.
Plain sea stars. I saw one young Cake sea star with arms that are still long. The most abundant sea star were small to medium-sized Biscuit sea stars. I found one four-armed Biscuit sea star.
White salmacis sea urchins on the shore. Some had a kind of worm around its mouth on the underside.
Thorny sea urchins. I didn't see any Black sea urchins.
Watering pot shell. This creature is actually a bivalve. It has become extremely modified to form a tube with a watering pot at one end. All that is left of its two valves are two tiny wing-shapes near the watering pot.
Swimming crabs on the shore, most were small to medium-sized.
Orange-striped hermit crab. Here's a pair nibbling on something together.
Tidal hermit crabs.
Haddon's carpet anemones here.
Tiger sea anemones, mostly small ones. I also saw a few Peachia anemones, some cerianthids and a few flowery sea pens and slender sea pens.
Noble volutes and one of their egg capsules. There were many young small Fan clams. The rest of the team saw a man harvesting larger Fan clams from the shore. Strangely, we didn't see any kinds of moon snails, which we had in Jul 2012. Jianlin saw one Seagrass octopus.
Mangrove whipray that is so well camouflaged on the silty sand.
Eel-tail catfishes that often swim together when they are tiny. I spotted some of these fishes in a pool where they are easier to photograph.
Aug 2014. Perhaps the tide was too high and I couldn't get to the legs in deeper water? All I saw were scattered clumps of Thumbs up sea squirts, seaweeds and some ascidians. And White salmacis sea urchins. I didn't see any sponges. In Jun 2013, we saw sea fans, cowries and feather stars here.
Spoon seagrasses here have large leaves and are fresh and green! There were also some Fern seagrass.
Tomorrow, we visit a Southern island!
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