On our last evening low tide, we revisited Tuas shore with hope to cross over to Merawang Beacon. We were not able to do so during our previous trip in December as the tide was higher than expected.
Here's Marcus and Pei Yan in the middle of the crossing. It was Pei Yan's birthday and she was glad to have celebrated on a special shore.
Though it looks like there's nothing from above, the water channel separate the beacon and the main shore is an underwater fan-tasy (made up of many sea fans)!
Sea fans (Order Gorgonacea) underneath the water and many of them are thick and huge. They look very beautiful submerged underwater as the whole area looks like an underwater garden.
Tree sea fan.
Gnarled sea fan (Echinomuricea pulchra).
Starry leathery soft corals (Family Alcyoniidae).
Disk corals (Turbinaria sp.) on the shore. Here's a healthy-looking colony found underwater.
Small goniopora coral (Goniopora sp.) and it looks slightly bleached too. Could it be because of the recent increase in temperature? I have no idea.
Boulder pore corals (Porites sp.) that I came across looked fine.
Encrusting disk coral (Turbinaria sp.).
Long black sea cucumbers (Holothuria leucospilota) which are doing well on Tuas.
Cake sea star (Anthenea aspera). It was found near the beacon area.
Biscuit sea star (Goniodiscaster scaber) with pretty penta-radial patterns. I also found out from Ria that Sheryl saw a Knobbly sea star (Protoreaster nodosus)!
Eight-armed sand star (Luidia maculata)!
heart urchins. Could this be due to a natural life cycle or season or due to anthropogenic effects such as pollution?
Ball flowery soft corals (Family Nephtheidae) on Tuas and they seem to remain small in size on this shore.
Geographic sea hares (Syphonota geographica).
Bornella nudibranch (Bornella sp.) on the blade of seaweed and it is likely our first sighting on Tuas.
Here are more photos of the elegant sea fans underwater. :)
More photos of the trip here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/koksheng/archives/date-taken/2015/03/19/