Happy Chinese New Year! Annually without miss, we will also be visiting the shores since the low tide and the Lunar New Year are both influenced or predetermined by the moon.
Strawberry cockle (Fragum unedo). The strawberry cockle has red lines or beads on its shell. you can see its mantle protruding out when relaxed.
Extraordinary sea hares (Aplysia extraordinaria). This sea hare is believed to feed on seagrass.
Black-tailed sea hares (Aplysia dactylomela). The inner side of the parapodia is black with striking white blobs. You can also see its black "tail" in this photo. It is said that when disturbed, this sea hare releases purple ink.
Dog-faced water snakes (Cerberus rynchops), commonly found near mangroves. It is not surprising to find this snake here as the shore is right beside the regenerated mangroves.
Brown sea cucumber (Bohadschia vitiensis)! This sea cucumber has only been recorded intertidally from Cyrene Reef and Semakau.
Cryptic sea stars (Cryptasterina sp.) and after a short while, I found 4 by flipping a big rock!
Knobbly sea star (Protoreaster nodosus) on this shore!
More photos of the trip here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/koksheng/shares/z020n8