Friday, April 30, 2010

Bunnies Everywhere @ Changi Shore.....

Saw lots and lots of "bunnies" at Changi shore this morning! Bunnies on the shore?!?! Haha.....the "bunnies" are actually Sea Hares! Yah.....they were everywhere on the shore! There are probably three different kinds.

This is a Geographic Sea Hare (Syphonota geographica). They are the most abundance.

Came across some Extraordinary Sea Hare (Aplysia extraordinaria).

And some of these that I have no idea of their ID. Could it be Aplysia oculifera?

Could this be another species? Looks somehow different from the above three. Hmmmm.....

Besides Sea Hares, other creatures were encountered too.

Lots of Flowery Sea Pens! White, Red, Yellow etc.

Can you see the tiny shrimp next to this Slender Sea Pen?

Observed at least 2 Elbow Crabs doing this. They placed themselves pretty close to the Peacock Anemone. Hmmmm.....

A elegant looking Glass Anemone.

Sea Stars! Top one is probably a juvenile Cake Sea Star, middle could be a Spiny Sea Star and bottom one is a Biscuit Sea Star.

Came across two kinds of Sea Urchin. The White Sea Urchin and the Black Sea Urchin.

A live Turrid Snail.

Saw some Longspined scorpionfish.

No Seahorse today but saw its cousin, the Pipefish.

Unfortunately, a part of the shore was littered with dead fishes. These don't look like farm fish, so guess they might be the ones that were thrown away by fishermen.

For the crabs, the dead fishes would be a feast.

Opps! This pretty little Swimming crab did not look very happy when I took a pic of it while it was feeding. :p Hmmm.....wonder what it was feeding on?

Talking about crab, found this on the sandy shore and wonder what kind of crab has such pincer?

Saw a Octopus. Looks like it was using some shells to act as a door to its hiding hole. Sigh.....was told by Ria that a man on the shore had 3 Octopus in his plastic bag. When asked what he is going to do with them, he said that he is going to use them as fish baits!!! Sigh....I hope this one survives.

At the rocky shore, a lots of the Crown Sea Star/Rock Star were found on the rocks. Usually, they are found underneath the rocks. Hmmmm.....

Found this Hoof-shield limpet on the rock too.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

This Morning At Pasir Ris Shore.....

Were out at Pasir Ris shore this morning. It was a short tide but still we get to see quite a few creatures on the shore.

It's still the Jellyfish season.

There were a number of the Ribbon Jellyfish stranded on the shore. Being a victim of one who got stung by them while diving, I know how painful these guys can be. Ouch! So do not touch them!

A few worms were out of the muddy substrate. Here's one with threadlike tentacles at one end.

Anemones of various sizes can be seen on this shore.

So are the colorful Peacock Anemones.

Found a Seahorse near the edge of the water.

A part of the shore is littered with Sand Stars.

The other "star" seen was this Brittle Star.

Also came across this small white Sea Cucumber.

Some egg ribbons were seen on Spoon seagrass and on Seaweeds. Probably belong to some snails or Sea Slugs.

And talking about Snails and Sea Slugs, came across some this morning.

A Tiger Moon snail burrowing.

Saw about four Hairy Seahares. Probably back in season.

Saw these tiny black Gymnodoris nudibranch (Gymnodoris sp.) again at this shore.

Have not seen this nudibranch for a long time. It's Glandular Chromodoris nudibranch (Chromodoris tumulifera). So Cuteee!

It is "saying" :p

For other stuffs that were seen on this shore by Ria, click Here and Here.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Back To Sentosa Tanjong Rimau.....

It has been ages since I last visited the shore at Sentosa Tanjong Rimau. So it feels good to be back! :o)

We started off from the rocky shore where you get to see the wonderful cliff formations.

Besides that, we also came across various marine creatures.

At the sandy shore,

found a stranded Jellyfish. They are in season now. So have to be careful when you wade through the water.

There's a small patch of Common Sea Star.

A small Giant Carpet Anemone(looks like).

Onch Slugs can be seen on the rocks grazing about.

At the coral rubbles,

A shy Filefish was hiding among the seaweeds

A small Carpet Eel Blenny. Juvenile perhaps?

There were a couple of these CUTE looking Hermit crabs.

The only nudibranch that I came across. It's the Dermatobranchus nudibranch (Dermatobranchus sp.)

And the highlight find of day is this new sighting for me! Looks like a Galloping Sand Star (Stellaster equestris)!

Here's the underside of the sea star.

As per Dr David Lane's "A Guide to Sea Stars and Other Echinoderms of Singapore", this sea star moves by jerking or leaping (resulted from synchronized stepping actions of tube feet) instead of gliding alone the substrate.

The Galloping Sand Star had been sighted before at Pulau Semakau intertidal and through trawling at Johore Straits and amongst the Southern Islands of Singapore too.

It's a good trip back to this shore!

P.S. : This post is also dedicated to the memory of Darwin, who passed away suddenly two years ago on this day.