Filefish (Family Monacanthidae) is well camouflaged when it swims among the seaweed.
Longspined scorpionfish (Paracentropogon longispinis) looks like it is having a good time slacking off among the seaweed which coincidentally created a nice green backdrop for this photo.
Peacock soles (Pardachirus pavoninus) were skirting around the shore. I was thankful that I did not step on any of them as they can be quite hiddenly beneath the seaweed. It has a pattern of circles that resemble eyes and thus possibly gives rise to its common name because the tail of a peacock also has a pattern of eyes.
Estuarine seahorse (Hippocampus kuda).
seagrass pipefish. They both belong to Family Syngnathidae. 'Syngnathus' means 'fused jaws' in Greek. Seahorses and pipefishes feed on tiny creatures by sucking them up with their tube-like, toothless snouts.
cuttlefish was found stranded on top of the seaweed during the receding tide. It was rather motionless when placed back gently inside the water. Hopefully this fellow has recovered since then.
Seagrass octopus that I have encountered on our shores! It was nearly the size of a huge tyre! You can compare its size with the thorny sea cucumber (found on the top left hand corner of photo) as a scale.
Feather stars (Order Comatulida) were spotted by the shore explorers such as this individual with black and bluish bands.
Biscuit sea stars (Goniodiscaster scaber) in both large and small sizes.
Painted sand star (Astropecten sp.) just happened to be feasting on the clam and I accidentally and unintentionally disturb its meal. Sorry!
Pink moon snails (Natica zonalis).
Miliaris cowries (Cypraea miliaris) on the left and the Onyx cowries (Cypraea onyx) on the right.
Noble volutes (Cymbiola nobilis) with bright orange and black body.
Bailer snail (Melo melo) which is listed as 'Endangered' in the Red List of threatened animals of Singapore due to habitat loss. Fishermen also catch this special snail for the cooking pot. :(
Sea fans (Order Gorgonacea) were found lining near to the deeper ends of the shore such as this large healthy yellow colony.
Alicia sea anemone (Alicia sp.)!
Banded-leg swimming crab (Charybdis annulata). This pretty crab has legs with alternating bands of dark brown and bright blue.
Indeed, Changi is a rich marine haven with an assemblage of creatures that we do not usually see in our Southern waters. However, it requires very low spring tide to explore extensively and that usually occurs during morning tides. Till next time!