Changi was full of Babylonia snails this morning! I also came across ferocious marine life.
This beautiful snail was identified as a new record for Singapore in 2013. Before then, we have not seen them. Now, we often see them on Changi, as well as East Coast and signs of them at Pasir Ris. Where did the snails come from? Does this suggest a change in our shores? These snails come in various shell patterns, and are burrowers, with a long siphon, handy for snorkelling while burrowing under the sand.
Noble volute. This snail burrows in the sand to eat other burrowing snails or clams.
bristleworm! This one was also taken at Changi, some years ago.
Tiger anemone. It will probably be eventually eaten by the anemone. I don't interfere with such situations because the anemone needs to eat too.
Miliaris cowrie. This snail with a pretty glossy shell is often mistaken for a slug when its 'hairy' mantle covers the shell. I saw a few small Fan clams.
Great Shell Exchange.
Big headed seagrass octopuses on this shore. Here's a series of photos of the same octopus showing its wide repertoire of texture and colour changes!
hitching on shells occupied by hermit crabs. But I didn't see any hermit crab in this shell. Oh dear.
Striped sand anemone and some Peachia anemones. I also saw two small Haddon's carpet anemones with tiny anemone shrimps in them.
Biscuit sea stars of all sizes from tiny to medium. I saw one small Plain sand star that appears badly infested with parasitic snails. The rest of the team spotted an Eight-armed sand star which I missed. We did not see any sea urchins, except for one White sea urchin spotted by Jianlin.
Pink warty sea cucumbers. There were not many Thorny sea cucumbers.
Ball sea cucumbers which are buried, with only their feeding tentacles or just a bit of their body sticking out. I also saw many Smooth sea cucumbers, one Beige sea cucumber and several Orange sea cucumbers. The rest of the team saw a Sea apple sea cucumber which I missed.
Flowery sea pens, one Sea pencil and one very tall Slender sea pen which had encrusting animals growing at its tip! There are a lot more Cerianthids aka Peacock anemones on this shore than other parts of Changi. We didn't see any large sea fans today.
Spoon seagrasses seem to be doing well, with fresh green large- and small-leaved patches. But I only saw a small patch of Fern seagrasses.
dugong feeding trails? I saw something similar on my last trip here in Jun 2013.
at Changi Creek in Jan-Jun 2015. Perhaps this is stressing the seagrasses?
Zebra coral. The other most abundant animal were tiny Banded bead anemones.
Wandering cowries and one Rock star, but no sponges except for a few small patches of black encrusting sponges.
May 2014 and Jun 2013. We are sad that we didn't see a seahorse here today. The last time we saw one here was in Sep 2012.
Photos by others on this trip