May 2017. But there is still some life here.
Compared to our survey in May 2017, there are a lot less sponges and even less ascidians. But there were still small sparse patches of colourful sponges, ascidians on the rocks and hard surfaces here. The rest of the team even saw nudibranchs!
Zebra coral and one small patch of Cave coral. Quite similar to what I saw in May 2017. Unlike my survey in May 2015, I didn't see any cerianthids and Flowery sea pens on the sandy shores below the low water line.
Burgundy anemones (I saw only 3 in May 2017) because Punggol is the stronghold of the intriguing anemone, it is not found in large numbers elsewhere. This anemone was seen mostly in or near the low water line. Also one of the strange orange small anemones we've seen before. Lined bead anemones were high up on the shore and jetty legs. Banded bead anemones were on the mid shore. The rest of the team saw Haddon's carpet anemones.
Crown sea stars and one Purple sea cucumber and one Black sea urchin.
Glassy branching bryozoans were more plentiful near the jetty. These are a kind of colonial animal. The polyps are super tiny.
Purple climber crabs, many Powder blue-clawed swimming crabs and Stone crabs. I also saw many tiny shrimps and small gobies. While the rest of the team saw a wide variety of small fishes.
May 2017, when there were many Green mussels, today I saw only a few small ones. I also saw few Worm snails. In May 2017, I also saw lots of mussels look like those we saw at Kranji in Mar 2017, today I didn't see any, although I saw one small patch of nest mussels. After looking hard, I found a few onch slugs. There were more seen in May 2017. There were a lot of Spiral melongena snails and Drills.
Hairy spoon seagrass, which I last saw here in Aug 2014.
in the news. Today, I saw that the little natural mangrove along the Road is completely dead. Here's my last look at it in Jan 2016.
|From Channel NewsAsia, Aug 2018|
Jun 2012, I even saw sea fans and a seahorse here. Sponges were more abundant and in greater variety, with many different kinds of nudibranchs. I do hope the shore will eventually recover its former glory.
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