This shore remains dominated by echinoderms. The most abundant is probably the Pink warty sea cucumbers. As well as Thorny sea cucumbers.
Ball sea cucumbers, some Orange sea cucumbers. Jonathan saw a Purple sea cucumber and Sea apple sea cucumber.
Eight-armed sea stars. Some were large, one was tiny.
Biscuit sea stars. I saw one small orange Cake sea star and one Painted sand star.
Blue feather stars but also two Black-and-white feather stars, one of them with a commensal brittle star in it (which I only saw when processing the photo).
Sea Pencils, a few small Flowery sea pens, Spiky sea pens and Slender sea pens.
Ball flowery soft corals. I couldn't see any brittle stars in them.
Common cerianthids were riddled with Black phoronid worms. There were also many tiny cerianthids.
Haddon's carpet anemones, a few Tiger anemones and some Striped sand anemones.
Cerberilla nudibranch. But I didn't see any moon snails or other large snails or large clams. I also didn't see any octopuses.
Zebra sole. It has a cute way of 'crawling' over the sandy bottom with the fins along its body margins. It looks more like a wide centipede than a fish. When it is alarmed, it spreads out its tail to reveal the colourful patterns.
flatfishes. I saw one White sea urchin.
Spoon seagrasses (large leaf blades). I also saw some Needle seagrass (narrow leaf blades)
Fern seagrass. Kok Sheng spotted a patch of Smooth ribbon seagrass during our Jun 2016 survey. But I didn't see any today.
dugong feeding trails in deeper water. We also saw these signs here on our last survey in Jun 2016.
Scalpel green seaweeds. The shore was also firmer and sandier.
We had noticed a sharp decline in richness during our survey in Aug 2015, compared to the survey in May 2015, when I already noticed a decline compared to our last visit here in May 2014 and Jun 2013. The decline seemed to have stopped in Jun 2016, although the shore was not as rich as it used to be.
Today, I sense that there has been a further decline in the richness of this shore. Not surprising since it had to cope with an oil spill as well as excavations. More about these here.
Photos by others on this trip
- Jonathan Tan on facebook, including what he saw on 20 Aug on the same shore.
Other on this trip: Toh Chay Hoon.