I found this very unique 2-in-1 oyster. One black & one white glue together side by side.
A Ball sea cucumber (Phyllophorus)
Long pincers Elbow crab (Rhinolambrus pelagicus)
A tiny Sea horse
Groups of Cardinal fishes hiding under the Sea anemone
A Sand Star. Finally saw one at Changi beach!
A big Sea Hare
Not forgetting Sand dollar
Last week, I only managed to see the empty shell. Finally got to see the real thing. Sadly, they are also in the wanted list of the poachers.
Is beautiful when sun light shine through the transluscent shell
A glimsp on the inside of the Fan shell (Family Pinidae).
Sea anemones....as you can see mostly are rather small. Sadly, all the big ones are poached by few groups of 'Professional Poachers'.
From far, this inflatable boats looks like a family on a recreational ride with the floats at the back.
From near, is well equipped with all the neccessary tools & equipment with some of their catches.
No kids and they are all adults.
Poaching in actions.
Another group of poachers. Each person carry one bag. Sea anemone, fan shell, sea star. . .
Although these 2 kids collect for fun and probably for their own consumption. The problems is, they are collecting everything (big or small) that left behind after the professional poachers left. This surely will caused great impact on the whole ecosystem there. I'm really concern as more and more people got to know of this place.
While on the way back, we saw a more heartbreaking thing. A group of poachers was washing their basket that they use to keep sea anemones after transferring them to another plastic bag. The sea anemones fill up one big plastic bag.
This is the vehicle that rode by one of the poacher. The sea anemone was kept in the box and he continue to wash up in the toilet. From the look of the vehicle (all the mud on the tyre)He must have been going to all the wild site for poaching.
We are trying to share all the wild experience by blogging, photo sharing.... hopefully more people got to see the unique side of the nature. On another hand, this information potentially can also lead to the distinction of the creatures and causing an permanant damage to the ecosystem.
This suppose to be a very enjoyable trip but somehow spoilt by a small group of irresponsible people!!!