Despite most people's perception that there's not much marine life in Singapore, we do have lots of shores to explore during low tide. And I'm back here checking out two stretches of East Coast after two years since 2014. How are they doing?
On the whole, there were less encrustation and no large sea fans on the jetty legs.
Knobbly soft coral (Carijoa sp.). First time seeing it!
Sea fans or Gorgonians (Order Gorgonacea) on another wall, albeit lesser than two years ago. They come in various colours, shapes and sizes and only are exposed at super low tides.
Tree sea fan (Family Melithaeidae) which looks stunning in bright orange!
Common sea stars (Archaster typicus) on this reclaimed shore!
Knobbly sea stars (Protoreaster nodosus)! The baby Knobblies seem to be found at various locations recently. The last we saw them on a mainland shore was at Tanah Merah, for the first time too.
Tiny red sea cucumbers (Family Cucumariidae) that we don't see often on other shores.
Milk-spotted pufferfish (Chelonodon patoca)! And there were a few swimming in the shallow waters.
This shore has evolved over the years since 2007, the year I first visited. It was wiped out once before making a comeback over the past few years. Let's hope the shore will continue to stay alright.
More photos of the trip can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10154325596748158.1073741917.547198157&type=1&l=be8ae50c57