Scorching as Marcus and I survey the seagrass meadows of Changi during a good low tide that happens after sunrise.
This shore lies beneath the flight path from Changi Airport, so the roar of planes fill the air almost constantly.
Needle seagrasses and Spoon seagrasses and they were lush and not bleaching. There were only small patches of Fern seagrass and in many of them, there were only the central stem bare of leaflets.
Big brown mactra clam from a Noble volute.
Pink warty sea cucumbers were the most abundant sea cucumber on the shore. There were much fewer Thorny sea cucumbers. Other animals seen included a few small Garlic bread sea cucumbers, Orange striped hermit crabs, several small Knobbly sea stars, one Haddon's carpet anemone and only one White sea urchin. I didn't see any Biscuit sea stars, although Marcus saw some. There were fewer variety and number of animals compared to our last survey in Sep 2015. In Jul 2015 when I already noticed that this shore has changed and we no longer see many of the creatures that we saw in Jun 2013.
It's rare for a good low spring tide to happen after sunrise. So it wasn't surprising to see many people on the shore this morning. There was one group from NUS, and another group with an NParks survey. Our survey team was just me and Marcus. Although Jonathan, Yong Jen and Dayna were with the NUS team.
dugong feeding trails?
Marcus Ng shared photos of lots of things that I missed.