Today we visited Chek Jawa again for another intertidal survey, but we started from the Southern side (in front of House No. 1) and worked our way towards the Chek Jawa front beacon.
|Chek Jawa Front beacon|
The first animals that I encounter was the striped hermit crab (Clibanarius infraspinatus). This hermit crab is very commonly seen on our shores and usually orange, but the one I saw was blue. Such colour is not commonly seen.
|Striped hermit crab in blue|
|Striped sand anemone?|
|Snail-hitching sea anemone on a whelk.|
|Flying insect resting on the pillar.|
|Line nerite snail|
|Who and Where am I?|
|Purple climber crab|
A poor fish swam too close to a haddon's carpet anemone (Stichodactyla haddoni) and got stung. The anemone them slowly pulls the stunned fish towards its oral disk.
|Carpet anemone caught a fish|
The moving of the fish towards the anemone's oral disk was captured on video, but I had to abandon it due to the noisy and annoying mosquitoes pestering around me.
On other pillars, I spotted a blue-spotted flatworm (cf Pseudoceros indicus) on a group of ascidian looking animal. Could it be feeding on them?
|Candelabra sea fan (Euplexaura sp.)?|
|Gnarled sea fan (Echinomuricea pulchra)?|
|Biscuit sea star|
|Knobbly sea stars|
|Cake sea star|
|Comparison between sea star size and sponge.|
|Sea star size compared to my size 8 bootie|
|It's bigger than my hand!|
|Tiny bivalve pedicellariae|
|Little ruby flatworm|
|Moving away quickly.|
|Right side profile|
|Smooth snapping shrimp stranded on sand|
|Smooth snapping shrimp in shallow pool.|
|Red shrimp hiding among seagrass and sea lettuce seaweed.|
|Red ribbon worm|
Do not ask me how I did it or how manage to survive the work day because I have no clue how I manged it but somehow, I did and survived.
Posts by others on this trip:
Kok Sheng - A glimpse of the glorious beacon area at Chek Jawa
Mei Lin - Chek Jawa checkup - 21082013
Ria Tan - Alive at the Chek Jawa beacon
My past post on Chek Jawa intertidal:
My first Chek Jawa intertidal survey trip