It's always a delight to find lots of echinoderms ranging from sea stars, sea cucumbers, sea urchins, brittle stars etc on the shores of Changi.
We occasionally find juvenile Knobbly sea stars (Protoreaster nodosus) on this shore and I was excited to see 5 of them today.
Biscuit sea stars (Goniodiscaster scaber) littered on the seagrass meadows and this special individual has pretty maroon edges in between arms.
Cake sea star (Anthenea aspera).
Plain sand stars (Astropecten indicus) and Painted sand stars (Astropecten sp.) roaming on the sandy and seagrass habitats of the shore. They are generally a lot more active at night and would burrow into the sand during day time.
White sea urchins (Salmacis sp.).
Pink warty sea cucumbers (Cercodemas anceps).
Beige sea cucumbers.
Garlic bread sea cucumber (Holothuria scabra), I only came across 2 on this trip.
Brittle stars dotting the shore today! This is not something we often witness on our surveys here.
Elbow crabs (Family Parthenopidae).
Haddon's carpet anemones (Stichodactyla haddoni).
Hairy sea hares (Bursatella leachii) that we came across on the shore are usually solitary, I stumbled upon this group of them congregating.
Mitre snail (Family Mitridae). I only saw one though.
Miliaris cowrie (Cypraea miliaris) is usually found on hard surfaces such as rocks or jetty legs. It is uncommon to find them on sandy and seagrassy surfaces.