Saturday, April 7, 2007

07 April 07 - Inter-tidal Walk at Semakau

We were at the West Coast Pier as early as about 5.15am. Why do we need to be there at this hour on the long week end? Is the beautiful sea creatures at Semakau of course, and today I have Anglican High in my group for the inter-tidal walk.

The beautiful sun-rise right behind us when we are crossing the sea grass area.

Everyone were so happy to see and touch the real thing - a life Common Sea Star

A Upside Down Jelly fish - on the right is normal position. This jellyfish has symbiotic algae in its tentacles, which photosynthesises better with it being upside-down. The jellyfish obtains energy from the food provided by the algae.

This tiny frog fish about 3cm

Long-spine sea urchins (Diadema setosum)

Polka-dot nudibranch that feed on sponges

How can we miss this iconis Knobbly Sea Star.
A group photo with the beautiful Knobbly Sea Star
Noble volute (Cymbiola nobilis) - the siphon is used to seek out buried bivalves

An almost transparent Ctenophores, commonly known as comb jelly found by July. They different from jellyfish as they don't have stinging cells and most of them can give light by bioluminescence.

Beautiful Anemone shrimp

This is the first time that I've seen a Horseshoe Crab (Tachypleus gigas) at Semakau. Their long tails are used mainly to right themselves if they get turned over.

The above is a sandfish sea cucumber (Holothuria scabra).

Puffer fish

One of the coolest thing to do in Semakau is to take a photo at the South most part of Singapore. We have a landfill tour and presentation by NEA before we end today's walk. . . .

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