A reef has settled at a seawall at East Coast Park. While one of the nicest seagrass patches is growing at the mouth of a canal here.
How nice to see several Clown anemonefishes in a Giant carpet anemone in the reefy part of the shore! Here's a video of them.
Disk corals, squat Pore boulder corals and Anemone corals, and other boulder shaped Merulinid corals. But I also saw some less commonly seen ones like Cauliflower coral, Lettuce coral and even one Mushroom coral.Branching montipora corals (about 3m x 3m). I reached this spot at sunrise, in the photo are lights of the many many large ships parked off the East Coast. I couldn't walk much further because the shore here seemed to be pure silt. I sunk deep until my foot reached the rocks of the seawall. A great way to break an ankle...so I stopped here.
Spoon seagrass (large and small leaves); Needle seagrass (broad and narrow leave); Noodle seagrass; very long Sickle seagrass; Smooth ribbon seagrass; Serrated ribbon seagrass and lots of Tape seagrass with long leaves. Among the seagrasses were a lot of Slender pink pom pom seaweed.
Haddon's carpet anemone, several hermit crabs, many small Window-pane clams, a few small Fan shell clams. But we came across a bag full Fan shell clams (dead) higher up on the shore. Not sure what is happening here.Cake sand dollars, and buried were a few moon snails and several large Remarkable sea cucumbers.
Blue-lined Hind (a kind of grouper), a small Arabian cowrie and a Brown-stripe flatworm in the reefy areas. There were scatterings of Tiny red sea cucumbers and a few small Skinny sea fans with Red spindle cowries.
Apr 2016! It rained heavily during my last survey here in Feb 2020, so I didn't even properly survey the seagrasses here. As I headed home, I saw an Egret hunting in the shallow water, while a pair of Junglefowl were foraging on the beach.
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: Vincent Choo
Other shores surveyed today
Chay Hoon checked out another East Coast Park shore
Kok Sheng checked out another East Coast Park shore
Jonathan Tan checked out the corals at Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal
Nathaniel Soon was with Jonathan's survey