|Basket star on pink sea fan.|
The shore at East Coast Park is not a natural shore. It is a reclaimed shore. After many years of settling, many parts of the beach is hidden with marine life. With the lowest possible tide for the whole year at -0.2, the team check out the pillars of Bedok Jetty and the lagoon outside National Sailing Club. This is my first time checking out the shores of East Coast.
Even on a stretch of the beach badly covered with litter and marine debris, a Horn-eyed ghost crab (Ocypode ceratophthalmus) surprises us well hidden on the shore with a winking eye.
|Horn-eyed ghost crab|
Each of the sea fans we saw were covered with pretty Basket stars, such as this on which is pink. This is actually my first time seeing a live Basket star on our intertidal trips.
|Pink basket star on white sea fan.|
|Closer look at the pink basket star.|
|Complete basket star|
|Underside of the basket star|
|Close up on the underside, showing the mouth|
|Can you spot the brittle star on the sea fan?|
|Brittle star, individual|
|Close up of central disk|
|Brittle star on feather star|
|Orange ovulid on orange sea fan|
|Closeup of its gills|
The lagoon has recovered rather well with good patches of seagrass, mainly Spoon seagrass (Halophila ovalis) and Needle seagrass (Halodule uninervis).
The Eight-armed sea star (Luidia maculata) looks like they were out having a party. However the ones we saw are of six arms. By the way, it is Kok Sheng's birthday today. I think the sea stars are having a birthday party for him.
|Eight-armed sea star|
|Painted sand star|
|Luidia sand star|
|Cake sea star|
|Brittle star on Haddon's carpet anemone|
|Ball moon snail|
|Weasel olive snail|
I hope this has somewhat changed your perspective of East Coast Park Beach. Though reclaimed shore, it is still very much fill with interesting marine life.
Post by others on this trip:
Kok Sheng - Birthday Bash at shores of East Coast
Ria - East Coast Surprise: Lots of seagrasses! and East Coast Surprise: Reefy!