Sandy shores may look boring and dead, but they are interesting to me. Singapore has lost most of our sandy shores, so animals that live in such shores are less commonly seen. They are mostly buried, so you need to look for tell tale signs of their presence.
Button snail shells (taken over by tiny hermit crabs). I looked but couldn't find live ones. There were, however, many live Weasel olive snails on the sand bar, busily burrowing as night fell. They eat Button snails, so perhaps the Button snails are in deeper water? Sand bubbler crabs are common on sandy shores. Today, I spotted this pair that was clasped face-to-face in mating position and couldn't quite fit into their burrow. So cute!
Evermann's snake-eel? Snake-eels have tubular nostrils, and the Evermann's has a yellow chin. Sandy habitats are indeed fascinating!
Lightning dove snails, Turban snails and Top shell snails, while well camouflaged Onch slugs crept about in cooler wetter spots.
Nerite snails too. Under the stones, there was a Wandering cowrie. But the special mollusc find was by Arjun who spotted the Jewelled chiton in a crack in a rock. This chiton is listed as 'Endangered' in the Singapore Red List. Haddon's carpet anemones. I saw one Frilly sea anemone. And even one Pore hard coral. While the team saw Flowery soft corals growing in the big concrete cylinder that retains water at high tide. None of them were bleaching. Spoon seagrass (with tiny leaves) are still growing lush along the eastern bank of the Creek, closer to Keppel Club. Similar to what I saw in Feb 2020. Among the seagrasses were many tiny Orange-striped hermit crabs, tiny Swimming crabs and small fishes like a juvenile Brown sweetlips spotted by Darren. Seagrasses are indeed great nurseries for marine life that eventually move to deeper water as they grow up.
Tape seagrass has long leaf blades again! This is probably the first time I've seen a patch of Tape seagrass 'recover' from a cropped state. I hope this bodes well for the Tape seagrasses elsewhere which have been suffering from this cropped state for nearly 10 years.
Small coin green seaweed at the seawall area as well as in the eastern patch of seagrass. This was also observed in Nov 2018. Spoon seagrass was growing among them. Not sure if the seaweed allows the seagrass to settle or visa versa. Similar to what we saw in Feb 2020 and Nov 2018.
Others on the Berlayar survey
Arjun Sai Krishnan
Others on the Labrador survey
Other shores surveyed
Loh Kok Sheng was at Changi Carpark 7
Marcus Ng was at St John's Island