There is a shallow lagoon at East Coast Park which has slowly been taken over by seagrasses. Today, I return for the first time in 5 years to find a lovely seagrass meadow teeming with marine life. And saw possibly some dugong feeding trails!
My first time back to this shore since Jun 2016! There is now a long and wide sand bar next to the canal mouth. Which seemed to have formed a calm shallow lagoon for seagrasses and other marine life to thrive.
dugong feeding trails. How exciting!
Jun 2016, there were still lush growths of Needle seagrass (both narrow and broad leaf blades) and Spoon seagrass (large leaf blades). For the first time, I saw patches of Serrated ribbon seagrass and a small patch of Noodle seagrass - these two species are not as commonly seen on our shores. We first saw these seagrass patches in Jun 2013.
Tiny red sea cucumbers (which are not babies of bigger sea cucumbers and do not grow any bigger). There were only a few Thorny sea cucumbers and Pink warty sea cucumbers. There were many large White Salmacis sea urchins and Kok Sheng found one with a Zebra crab on it. I saw a few Passion sea urchins and one Black sea urchin. We saw one Common sea star and several Eight armed sea stars. Kok Sheng also saw Knobbly sea stars. While there were many Flat armed brittle stars. There were some small sand dollars too.Rare-spined murex, which I indeed rarely see alive. There were also Button snails in the sand bar, hunted by the usual predatory moon snails and olive snails. But I didn't see any Fig snails today. There were not many Fan shell clams - most were very small. I saw many shells of dead Window pane clams but no live ones. I did see a small Razor clam and a small Large cockle. The only slug I saw were many Ornate leaf slugs. There were also a lot of Haddon's carpet anemones. Kok Sheng found MORE amazing marinlife including a seahorse.Orange sea cucumbers and some small Skinny sea fans with Red spindle cowries on the seawall.flowery soft corals with ovulid snails, and other colourful sponges and marine life. Among them live colourful crabs.
PUB website, it appears to be "Improvement to Bayshore Park Outlet Drain (ECP Service Road to the Sea)" Q2 2020 to Q1 2023.
What is the future of these shores?
These living East Coast shores are precious because they may be reclaimed in the 2013 landuse plan by the Ministry of National Development released in response to 2013 Population White Paper.
Draft Master Plan 2013.
Others on this survey: Loh Kok Sheng
Other shores surveyed on the same day
Jonathan Tan checked out another East Coast shore