A small team visited Punggol Beach on a very early morning.
The Punggol beach I knew was a rocky beach with whiffs of funny smell coming from somewhere.
Never have I expected this stretch of beach to come alive during a low spring tide.
The team covered both sides of the shore from the jetty.
When I reached the shore, Ria was so excited to show this beaded nudibranch (Hoplodoris nodulosa).
The rocks are really alive with many critters. Though I may not be able to see them but I can hear all sorts of sounds coming from them. Those who have been to Punggol beach would know that the rocks there are covered with green mussels (Perna viridis) and nest mussels (Musculista senhousia).
|Green mussels with lots of colourful blobs nearby|
|Nest mussels with a crab|
|Some of the snail eggs I saw|
|Egg laying in progress?|
|Hiding stone crabs|
|A poor fella lost one of its pincer|
|Black sea uchin|
|Underside of a black sea urchin|
|Leaf wannabe urchins|
|Nest mussel wannabe urchin|
|Newspaper wannabe urchin|
Futher down towards the bigger piles of rocks, I found a pair of purple climbing crab fighting and three onch slugs before heading to the other side of the jetty.
|Peaceful purple climbing crab|
|Sad octopus with no food|
|Mysterious moving object|
|Flip it over and you get a sponge crab. So cute looking.|
|Snail eating a bivalve|
|Another beaded nudibranch|
|Crown sea star|
|Striped hermit crab|
|"This shell is mine!"|
The good thing about this beach is that there are washing up facilities at the toilet nearby.
We reached the shore in darkness, we left the shore in darkness.
Tomorrow will be another crazy morning wake up session.
Read about what others saw:
Loh Kok Sheng - God's wonderful creation
Marcus Ng - The annotated budak
Mei Lin - Psychedelic Nature
Ria Tan - Wild Singapore