It's the third day of Chinese New Year and a small team of us were out at Tanah Merah sandflat during a not-so-low tide. Nevertheless, there were still lots to see! And it's great to revisit this shore. My previous trip here was also during the 3rd day of CNY in 2014.
Crown sea star (Asterina coronata) on this shore! A six-armed one some more!
Hallaxa fuscescens. A new sighting!
Cake sand dollars (Arachnoides placenta) that can be found on the sand bar.
Thick-edged sand dollars (Jacksonaster depressum) on this shore.
Button snails (Umbonium vestiarum) are also another common resident of this shore. Unfortunately, the patches of button snails at Changi beach and Chek Jawa have been decimated, leaving this shore as one of the last strongholds of these pretty snails.Let's hope they will remain for long.
Cake sea star (Anthenea aspera) halfway feeding on a fish!
Knobbly sea star (Protoreaster nodosus)! My first time seeing both of these sea stars on this shore. Great to know that the shore here is thriving. I believe it is because of the recent growth of seagrass on this shore.
Painted sand star (Astropecten sp.) emerged and there are two parasitic snails that are found on its aboral surface. The parasitic snails stick their proboscis through the body wall and suck on the host's body fluids.
Fig snail (Ficus variegata).
Grey bonnet snail (Phalium glaucum) started coming out from the sand.
More photos of the trip here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/koksheng/shares/D8A31V