#27, Pulau Ubin a)


Nuhh ha! On the faithful 19th of June, we visited Pulau Ubin [sleepy-eyed and bushy tailed]. (ha ha pardon the serious tone) All cos it was 3 plus a.m. but it was still quite a nice trip afterall. We got to see both intertidal and terrestrial stuff.

So first up we went to the Sensory trail. It's meant for anyone to go, even those who are physically-impaired. :)

Eggs of the Drill (bottom, those yellow things)
These are the eggs of the drill, which is a snail that is capable of releasing a hole in it's prey's shell and then sucking up the soft bodies of these shells. That's pretty much a smart way of eating aye? We saw quite a few drills around.

Sea cucumber
Purrrrrrple one though I'm not sure of its species.

Hermit Crab
:) Ms Wang found two at the same spot of different sizes. This apparently was the larger one. Interestingly, after mating, the female hermit crab can store sperms for months or lay eggs immediately. There are terrestrial hermit crabs as well but the one you're seeing here is a marine one.

Banded Sea Anemone
I never knew that this was anemone- but Ag was curious enough to ask Ron about it... he said that these were anemones and that some anemones were even smaller! I wonder if these anemoens would grow any larger *hmmmm*

Ball Sea Cucumber
Hope the ID's right! Haha these sea cucumber appear to be so squish-able but when tensed up, they harden a lil.

Shrimpyyyyyy Day

Banded butterfly fish
Can you see the juvenile banded butterfly fish? It was something SY spotted. :) Really really cute. It was busy chewing off the tentacles of the anemone nearby. Their family name, Chaetodontidae, means "hair" and "tooth", which is derived because they have a row of teeth in their mouth. (source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Butterfly_fish) I suppose they use it to bite of the tentacles of the anemone.


Ball Sea Cucumber 2

Crab (am not sure of species)

Dead horseshoe crab ):
): Sob. It has nothing left but it's legs.

Mr. Mudskipper!
The mudskipper is a versatile animal that lives around the mangroves, where the oxygen content is very low. It's adapted so much to land that when immersed in the water, the heartbeat rate drops, as the human heartbeat rate drops when underwater. Interesting ay?

Orange-coloured Sponge

Rock Star
The rock star's a rockstar :)

Sand Star
It was doing the waaaaaave.

1 comment:

Joe said...

I caught a Horse Shoe crab a few weeks ago while snorkeling in the Keys. I let him go after observing him a little closer.