This morning, a solo survey of Changi starting with a stretch that I've not surveyed before. This stretch is special because it has both rocky shores and seagrassy and sandy areas.
I started from a stretch of shore that I've not surveyed before. It is small and further away from the shore we usually survey, and the tide is usually high by the time I get there in the past. So today, I started there. There are lots of seagrasses here. Mostly Spoon seagrass but also Needle seagrass at the low waterline. I didn't see any dugong feeding trails today.
Pink warty sea cucumbers, next most common were Thorny sea cucumbers. I also saw one Orange sea cucumbers, one Purple sea cucumber, one Beige sea cucumber and one Plasticky sea cucumber.
Ball sea cucumbers, one Smooth sea cucumber and one Garlic sea cucumber.
Sand stars, and one large Biscuit star. There were also a few White sea urchins.
Noble volutes, but not many other kinds of snails.
sea fans are still growing near the rocky shores in deeper water. Smaller colonies near the high ground and larger ones in deeper water. But these are only found in areas far from the boardwalk (and line fishing from the boardwalk). I saw much fewer sea fans compared to our last survey here in Jul 2015.
Melted chocolate sponges all over the rocky shores. There were small patches of other kinds of sponges. But there was still many patches of Button zoanthids here. Not very different from what we saw during our last survey here in Jul 2015.
Zebra corals, encrusting on hard surfaces natural and artificial. I didn't see any that were bleaching.
cerianthids I saw looked rather ill. They had short of no tentacles. The little black Phoronid worms that live with them seemed alright.
Flowery sea pens that also don't look quite right. Rather pale. I saw one large and one small Haddon's carpet anemones on the rocky shore and not in the seagrasses. Both were not bleaching.
nearby dredging for the six months last year. It remains rather quiet.