Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Lively Tuas Shore

A rather remote shore situated at the West most of Singapore not too far from the 2nd Link. Perhaps due to the remote location and happens to be a 'restricted' area, the shore is off limit to most people.

Thanks to Schering Plough and RMBR kind arrangement, I get to visit this shore with a group of Nature Guides. The weather is good and the tide is just enough to expose part of the shore where it usually covered with sea water
There are lots of nerites such as this one with beautiful zebra stripes on the upper shore grazing algae.
This octopus was hiding in the hole waiting for the tide to return.Once the shrimp sense of danger, it quickly burrow into the sands to avoid predator.This decorator crab is so well camouflage, if she decided to stay still unlikely we would be able to spot her.There are also lots of zoanthids on the shore as well. Zoanthids are actually colonial anemones.
The fish that fish is no other than this smart frog fish. With the bait-lure on top of the mouth, when fish are attracted by the lure-bait, this well camouflage fish will open its big mouth!In a split second, the greedy fish will became its dinner!This ugly looking lump is a slug!This is the bottom of the slug and I have no idea of the ids yet.This beautiful anemones is a solitary anemone , probably a Aliciidae.This beautiful moon snail in fact a fierce predator. They can move very fast compare to bivalves. Once it caught a prey, it will drill a hole through the shell of its prey!
Cowries are now very rare on our shore due to habitat lost and over collection.A snapping shrimp peep through its burrow.A blue-spotted nudibranch Dendrodoris denisoniThis small crab is decorating herself with sponges...Is this small shrimp trying to push the file fish away??Have not seen this red anemones shrimp for a while. Wow!This sand dollar is different from the others that we has a very beautiful star on its back!Sea pen is actually a colony of many animals. The central stalk is a single polyp. The feathers like parts branching off from the central stalk is other animals called secondary polyps.Another rare find, a Melibe sp. This sponge crab hide under the nice coat crafted by herself using sponges.
Tuas is really amazing...we found an eight arms Luidia maculata!A close-up shot of this rare star.Just compare with this bento box and you should be able to guess the size of this sea star.
Just before we end our walk, we saw this hairy seahare, Bursatella leachiiBy the time we finish, is already dark! Although this shore is so close to such a heavy industrial area, it is doing very well. Bravo!


  1. Good to know the shore is doing well! The sand dollar sighting is fantastic. The locations where we've seen this sand dollar have been lost so at least we know there is still one shore with this animal.

    Thanks for sharing!