As the tide was low and long, the long march from exploring shores of Tanah Merah was continued with documenting a stretch of East Coast Park.
This seahorse is probably the Estuarine seahorses (Hippocampus kuda) and it is commonly found on our northern shores such as Changi, Pasir Ris, Chek Jawa and even Punggol.
Sea fans or Gorgonians (Order Gorgonacea). However, they are only exposed at the lowest tides of the year.
Spindle or False cowrie snails (Family Ovulidae).
Zebra corals (Oulastrea crispata) are tough species of hard corals that can colonize the surfaces of all sorts of shores.
Sally-lightfoot crabs (Grapsus albolineatus). These crabs are great climbers!
Miliaris cowries (Cypraea miliaris) that usually are found in pairs.
Jewel box clam (Chama sp.) that I would overlook since it is small and inconspicuous.
Diamond wrasse (Halichoeres dussumieri). This seemingly innocent looking fish has sharp teeth and can give a nasty bite if you handle it with your bare hands.
Haddon's carpet anemones (Stichodactyla haddoni). This particular carpet anemone has two brittle stars "associated" with it.
Eight-armed sand star (Luidia maculata)! However, the ones we found on this trip were only the six-armed versions.
Plain sand star (Astropecten indicus) was seen. These sea stars are not as common on East Coast and Tanah Merah as compared to Changi, Pasir Ris or Chek Jawa.
Cake sea star (Anthenea aspera)!
Tiny colourful brittle stars (Ophiothela danae) on the Pink warty sea cucumber (Cercodemas anceps) until I got home to process the photos! Missed the opportunity to take a closer look at these commensals.
Batik tailed-slug (Philinopsis cf. pilsbryi) has actually been sighted at East Coast Park before the oil spill.
Bushy slug (Polybranchia orientalis) that was originally found with some seaweeds.
As the tides for the rest of the year would not be that low anymore, I guess my next visit to this shore would be next year. Meanwhile, hope it continues to thrive and not suddenly die off like what happened in 2008.