We often see strange nudibranchs on our northern shores like Pasir Ris. Thanks to Gavin for spotting this one (we later noticed several other similar nudis). Here's a closer look at the nudi.
Stone crabs, mostly small to medium sized. With many tiny to small Flower crabs.
Porter crab under a leaf moving in the 'wrong direction'. There were also some tiny shrimps and tiny to small hermit crabs. The clicks of tiny to small snapping shrimps were all around.
gobies like this one.
Orange fiddler crabs and lots of tiny Sand bubbler crabs. In the seagrasses there were tiny Sentinel crabs.
Plain sand stars and some small Bottlebrush brittle stars among the seagrasses and seaweeds. I didn't see any sea urchins on this trip.
Ball sea cucumbers. Gavin noticed a tiny sea cucumber that might be a young Ball sea cucumber. I didn't see any other kinds of sea cucumbers.
Geographic sea hares half buried in the sand.
Spiral melongena snails and also their egg cases.
Tiny carpet anemones, and several Striped sand anemones and Striped bead anemones. I usually see a wider variety and larger number of sea anemones on this shore.
Common cerianthids. One had a with its tentacles retracted into its tube, surrounded by tiny Black phoronid worms that live with cerianthids.
Zebra coral on the rocks, as well as a sprinkling of Cave corals.
Rainbow sponge, with a bouquet of Glassy branching bryozoans, which are animals too!
peanut worm! Also a few bristleworms. I didn't see any flatworms. Gavin shared how he had observed glowing worms during his night surveys of the shore.
The meadows are dominated by Spoon seagrasses which were growing densely, green and not bleaching.I also came across a small patch of Hairy spoon seagrass. There was a bloom of Ulva seaweed, and small bunchs of Gracilaria seaweed.
We also saw many activities that impact the water quality at Pasir Ris. More about this in a separate blog post.