|Panoramic view of the shore at Tuas|
While this shore is unfamiliar to a few of us, it is my first time exploring this shore. From the shore, we could see Merawang beacon (green beacon) clearing and also the lighthouse at Pulau Merabong, an uninhabited island located in Johor just off the western side of the Malaysia-Singapore border. To the other direction, we could see Raffles Marina and the Tuas Second Link checkpoint.
So what interesting critters did I manage to find on the shore?
For a start, there is a large spread of spoon seagrass (Halophila ovalis) and the MSD staff have been constantly helping TeamSeagrass with seagrass monitoring at this site. Unfortunately, I did not take any photos of the spoon seagrass patch on this shore. Sigh...
There were different types of crabs that I saw on the shore and at the small mangrove patch.
The first crab that I saw seems to be a spotted-belly forceps crab (Ozius guttatus). According to the wild factsheets, this is a large shy crab and is sometimes seen on our Southern shores near rocky shores, sea walls and among coral rubble and near living reefs. Distinctive features of the crab includes dark eyes with white spots and pale orange underside with lots of tiny dark spots on its belly.
|Spotted-belly forceps crab, spotted sitting quietly among the spoon seagrass.|
|Notice the white spots on its eyes.|
|Underside of the crab.|
|View of the crab from the back|
|Orange fiddler crab, male.|
|Tiny orange fiddler crab, female, front.|
|Tiny orange fiddler crab, female, back.|
|Porcelain fiddler crab, male.|
|Gold-spotted mudskippers, falling in.|
|Perching on a rock.|
|In a line.|
|Slender sea moth|
|Checking out how deep they can go.|
|Cryptic sea star, overview.|
|Cryptic sea star, underside.|
|Haddon't carpet anemone|
|Strawberry slug, look at how tiny it is.|
|Front view, the head looks like Shaun the Sheep.|
|Shaun the Sheep|