It's back to the other half of the year where we resume low spring tide trips in the morning!
This time, I visited Pasir Ris shore with a friend, Marcus who has not seen our intertidal marine life before. My last trip here was more than 2 years ago on November 2010. How is the shore doing now?
Plain Sand stars (Astropecten indicus) were out in full force during this trip as there are many beds of Nest mussels (Musculista senhousia) on the shore. These sea stars feed on the mussels so it must be like a buffet table for them!
Painted sand star (Astropecten sp.).
Cake sea stars (Anthenea aspera) which have been seen regularly before on this shore.
Biscuit sea stars (Gonodiscaster scaber). Interestingly, I didn't find the smaller ones of this species. Maybe I didn't look hard enough or they are well camouflaged.
Hairy sea hares (Bursatella leachii) as we saw many of these creatures on the shores of Pasir Ris.
Swimming anemones (Boloceroides mcmurrichi) stranded on the shore as the tide was out.
Glass anemone (Dofleinia sp.) is known to sting badly if we touch their tentacles.
Striped bead anemones are usually seem out of water with its tentacles tucked into the body column. It was quite a good opportunity to take a nice relaxed photo with this individual.
Zebra coral (Oulastrea crispata) with their tentacles sticking out.
Seagrass octopus was first seen stranded but it quickly went into its burrow upon sensing our presence.
Slender seamoth (Pegasus volitans). It has large 'wings' which are its pectoral fins, and a long stiff pointed snout that is made up of modified nose bones. That probably explains why it looks like a moth.
It is actually a tiny sea spider. Sea spiders are not true spiders. They live on eating sea sponges, bryozoans, cnidarians, and polychaetes.
It was a good trip out though this shore can be really muddy and hard to walk on. A good morning workout with appreciation of nature is a good perspective to enjoy this trip.