This Changi shore is one of the nicest, with seagrass meadows and amazing marine life. Today, we saw two huge hovercrafts land on the beach, narrowly skirting the meadows.
Horse mussels still dominate the shore at the low water mark and below. We first noticed this during our Feb 2019 survey and the clams were still there during the Fish Expedition in Aug 2019. The Horse mussels form a dense firm mat, mostly further away from the low water mark. The shore nearer the low water mark is still soft and silty. There are also a lot of large Fan shell clams and many Window pane shells of different sizes and many Hammer oysters.
Pink warty sea cucumbers and a some Thorny sea cucumbers, I saw only one or two of the usual animals that used to be seen in large numbers. I saw one small Knobbly sea star, one small Biscuit sea star and couldn't find the Common sea stars. I saw one small Garlic bread sea cucumber, one Ball sea cucumber and one Smooth sea cucumber. I didn't see any sea urchins and didn't see any Haddon's carpet anemones. I also didn't see any fishes or crabs, although this might be because it was a daytime survey.
Orange striped hermit crabs. The abundant clams provide a hard surface for other animals to cling on like the Big hermit hitching anemone and other clams.
Spoon seagrass with large leaves, and Needle seagrass with narrow leaves, and a scattering of Fern seagrass.
Feb 2019. I found the small patch of Smooth ribbon seagrass near the high shore, but did see any Noodle seagrass that I saw in Aug 2018,
Changi Airport Group website on airport emergency: "In line with ICAO's recommendation to deal with aircraft crashes in the waters surrounding the airport, AES is equipped with sea rescue capabilities. It has a fleet of emergency resources based in a Sea Rescue Base off the waters of Changi Airport. Operating highly specialised emergency vessels and equipment in the event of aircraft incidents out at sea, the Sea Rescue Base is also the only hovercraft operator in Singapore."
Photos by others on this trip