What a fan-tastic way to explore the sea fan-tasy of East Coast Park on a good low spring tide! Such much about the fan pun... simply because there are many sea fans (and of course marine life) on the shores of ECP. Yes you didn't hear wrongly, there's awesome stuffs even on our reclaimed beaches.
Sea fan or Gorgonian (Order Gorgonacea).
Here is another species of the allied cowrie with maroon, yellow and black does on its mantle covering the shell. It also has a pretty purplish foot... can you also spot the eye? :)
Thankfully, this time I had the company of Alekx on this trip and it was her first time exploring our shores. She's very pro with plants and thus has well developed keen eyes for nature. In fact, she spotted quite a number of special finds!
Segal's spindle cowrie (Cymbovula segaliana).
Winged oyster (Family Pteriidae). Here is one on the yellow skinny sea fan.
sea whip which does not look too good given that the bottom part has "died" off, thus showing the wiry skeleton.
juvenile Disk corals (Turbinaria sp.).
Zebra corals (Oulastrea crispata) on the top left and the Cave corals (Tubastrea sp.) on the top right are more common on this shore than the other species such as the Pore hard coral (Porites sp.).
Spiny sea star (Gymnanthenea laevis).
Cake sea star (Anthenea aspera)!
Thorny sea cucumber (Colochirus quadrangularis) which is very common on our northern shores.
Haddon's carpet anemone (Stichodactyla haddoni) on the sandy part of this shore.
Olive snails (Family Olividae) with intricate patterns on their shells. These snails are usually spotted on better shores, so it is a good sign for East Coast!
Miliaris cowrie (Cypraea miliaris)! These cowries are not very often sighted too.
Scallop (Family Pectinidae) open and close its bivalves continually.
Swimming crab (Family Portunidae) trying to threaten me by waving its claws.
Maroon stone crab (Menippe rumphii) among the rocks from the seawall.
Sally-lightfoot crab (Grapsus albolineatus)!
Blue dragon nudibranch (Pteraeolidia ianthina) that we seldom see on mainland shores! This is NOT a photo of the actual one sighted on this trip as it unfortunately got swept away by the waves. A consolation for that would be a photo taken from a previous trip at Little Sisters Island.
Nevertheless, it is fantastic to see so many different kinds of marine life on East Coast. This shore was previously badly hit by the oil spill in 2010 and it has since been recovering slowly but surely.
Though it was more stunning in the past with feather stars, special slugs, flatworms, featherstars and soft corals, I do hope that with time the glory will return.
More photos of the trip here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/koksheng/archives/date-taken/2012/05/08/