Wednesday, January 1, 2014

New Year Day on Sea Shore

Happy New Year! Today is the first day of 2014. I was expecting a good low tide today on our Northern shore but end up the water didn't really go down. So, I can only explore around the shore area & the inter-tidal area remained submerge when we left the shore. Nevertheless, it was a nice outing and a good opportunity to catch up with old friends.
Fan clams
 The fan shell or fan clams used to be very common here. But I only saw one today. Perhaps most of them is still covered under water?
Hermit crab
 The hermit crab happily come out from his host shell to wish us Happy New Year! :)
Common whelk (Nassarius livescens)
 The dog whelk busy looking for food using the long siphon to pin point the food source.
Stone crab
 Saw this really tiny stone crab moult. Crabs moult to grow bigger & also to replace their lost limbs.
Flower crab
 Another moult of flower crab.
Sea apple sea cucumber (Pseudocolochirus violaceaus)
One of the "must see" creature on this shore will be this sea cucumber that with bright colour - Sea apple sea cucumber. Nice?
Ball sea cucumber
 As the name says it all - Ball sea cucumber.
Pink sea cucumber (Cercodemas anceps)
 As usual, there are a number of Pink sea cucumber on the shore.
Orange sea cucumber
 Slightly bigger than the Pink sea cucumber - Orange sea cucumber.
Biscuit star (Goniodiscaster scaber)

Biscuit star (Goniodiscaster scaber)
One of the very common sea star here is the Biscuit sea star. No bad to be able to see two of them on a not so low tide day.
Peacock anemones

 There are several Peacock anemones on the shore including this one the looks like glass transparent.
Rubbish on shore
Despite the clean up, the rubbish on this shore is just too many! This rubbish is most likely brought in by the current. From cups, empty cans to shoe! sigh...

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