The tides today were perfect for a two-shore survey before dawn: Bedok Jetty and another nearby seagrassy shore at East Coast Park.
Our first stop is Bedok Jetty! My last trip here was in Jun 2013. The team visited in Jul 2014 but I couldn't walk here because I was still recovering from a broken foot.
Pink flowery soft corals (not bleaching) and a few tiny sea fans.
Sally-lightfoot crab. But I didn't see as many animals as we did during our last survey in Jun 2013.
Spiral Babylonia snail. It was half buried in the sand with its siphon out, similar to what Bonnet snails do at low tide.
Horn-eyed ghost crabs on the shore. These scavengers are really fast moving and hard to photograph. But this pair was distracted by a dead fish.
May 2015. I sense it is about the same. There were still lush growths of Needle seagrass (both narrow and broad leaf blades) and Spoon seagrass (large leaf blades). Although there was a strong anoxic smell near the mid-water mark, and I saw many seagrasses with transparent leaf blades (bleaching. We first saw these seagrass patches in Jun 2013.
Garlic bread sea cucumber, many small Thorny sea cucumbers, Pink warty sea cucumbers. And dotting the seagrasses were many Tiny red sea cucumbers.
sand dollars or sea urchins, but there were many skeletons of dead ones in the seagrass meadows.
Common sea stars. They were all rather small (about 8cm in diameter) and we think they only recently settled on the shore.
Knobbly sea stars!
Milk-spotted pufferfish and young Trumpeter perch.
Fan shell clams, Window-pane shells. I saw one Hammer oyster and one Black-lipped conch. But today, we didn't see any Fig snails.
Haddon's carpet anemones, one Giant carpet anemone although I didn't see any anemonefishes. There were also a few other smaller anemones. None of them were bleaching.
Orange-striped hermit crab is the most commonly seen on our shores.
Tape seagrass leaf blades washed up ashore, including one leaf blade that looks like Sickle seagrass. Are these growing in deeper waters off the shore?
Tumu berau and Tengar.
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