The entire stretch of Tanah Merah is rich in marine life despite the fact that it is part of reclaimed land! It's amazing how life creeps back with time when no one disturbs the area. Two weeks ago, Ron and I decide to have a look at probably the last stretch of Tanah Merah that we have not visited before and were surprised to see lots of seagrasses!
Tiny red sea cucumbers (Family Cucumariidae) that can be found in numbers. It has been a long while since I have last seen them!
Spoon seagrass (Halophila ovalis).
Thorny sea cucumber (Colochirus quadrangularis). Very cute indeed!
Needle seagrass (Halodule sp.) is really thick and lush. Looks like they are growing well on the shore!
Sickle seagrass (Thalassia hemprichii)!
Tape seagrass (Enhalus acoroides)! Probably there are more at the deeper ends of the shore.
Common sea star (Archaster typicus). Weird that we didn't more than this one.
Haddon's carpet anemones (Stichodactyla haddoni) found on the sandier part of the shore.
Spotted moon crabs (Ashtoret lunaris) scurrying about and running away from me as I walked near them.
Ovum cowrie (Cypraea ovum) on the sandy / seagrass substrate though this fellow is usually found at rocky shore habitats.
As this shore is quite small and that the tide was long and low, we walked over to another stretch of Tanah Merah which we used to visit occasionally. This particular part of Tanah Merah has stretches of clean sandy shore with lots of button snails and other predatory animals that feeds on the former.
Grey bonnet snail (Phalium glaucum) though no living ones were sighted.
Olive snails (Family Olividae) with intricate patterns on their shells. They are usually found through the trails that they marked as they plough through the sand.
Fig snail (Ficus variegata) on Tanah Merah though Liana has found it here before.
Painted sand star (Astropecten sp.).
Plain sand star (Astropecten indicus).
After reading this post, who can now still say that our reclaimed shores are dead and boring? :)