The Masked burrowing crab does indeed burrow if it is placed in a sandy pool. And its pair of very hairy antennae appear to zip up together when the animal is buried, probably forming a breathing tube for the animal. Is this the season for this rare crab? Because we saw lots of them too on our last visit here in May 2014 and in Jun 2013.
Knobbly sea stars. Just as we did in Jun 2015 when we visited this shore.
Flat-armed brittlestars among the seagrasses. Also some tiny to small Biscuit sea stars, a few Painted sea stars and some very tiny Plain sea stars. We didn't see any other kinds of sea stars.
Thorny sea cucumbers than Pink warty sea cucumbers. There were many Beige sea cucumbers and a few small Garlic bread sea cucumbers and one Orange sea cucumber and one Purple sea cucumber. I also saw buried Ball sea cucumbers and Smooth sea cucumbers.
White sea urchins today. As usual, 'carrying' all kinds of things. So we have to be careful where we step to avoid crushing these animals.
Haddon's carpet anemones. They had lots of tiny anemone shrimps. I didn't see any cerianthids and I only saw a few sea pencils, and one slender sea pen.
Chequered cardinalfish swimming very close to the stinging tentacles. I've seen this fish do this before.
Longspined scorpionfishes. I saw a few small White spotted rabbitfishes and some juvenile Trumpeter perch.
Spearer mantis shrimps, busily foraging among the seagrasses.
Orange-stripped hermit crabs. I'm not sure what is going on here. I didn't see many of the other kinds of hermit crabs that I usually here such as the Lavender hermit crabs.
Pink moon snail, Miliaris cowrie and a Mitre snail. I saw several Black-lipped conch snails and many Gong gong. There were also many Big brown mactra clams. I saw few live Hammer oysters, and some small Window-pane shells. There were also many small Fan clams. We didn't see any of the large snails such as the Noble volute. There were lots of Leaf slugs on the shore today, but we didn't see any sea hares or nudibranchs.
Needle seagrass, the kind with the skinny leaf blades. There were also some patches of Fern seagrass, and much Spoon seagrass with the large leaf blades. The seagrasses were not heavily covered in epiphytes unlike in Jun 2015 when we were last here.
elbow crabs, Arrow-head crabs and Penaid prawns. There were also tiny to small Swimming crabs.
Haddon's carpet anemones, one of them had a pair of the larger anemone shrimps. I also saw some Tiger anemones.
filefish that looks like a seagrass blade. Alas, there wasn't much else on the shore so we decided to zip over to another shore at Changi.
Photos by others on this trip
- Jonathan Tan on facebook.