The shrimp presented to us an interesting behaviour - "hip shaking". Here is a video of the shrimp's behaviour.
Ria has named it the Gelek shrimp. Gelek refers to the walking manner by swiveling the hips so as to attract the opposite sex, in Malay. I prefer to call it Sexy shrimp.
On the sad note, I only managed to find one Five-spot anemone shrimp amongst the many carpet anemones that I visited this morning.
If you observe the substrate long enough, there are actually tube like structures lying on the fine sand ground. These are actually tubes belonging to the Solitary tubeworm (Diopatra sp.). Many times the worm does not show itself. Sometimes I can only see its sensory tentacles sticking out.
|Sensory tentacles visible only.|
|Head of the Solitary tubeworm with feathery appendages.|
|Phoronid worm, black|
|Phoronid worm, white|
|Retracting back slowly|
|Another parchment worm|
|[Image from CMBS Northern Expedition 2012 on Facebook]|
This is not a feathery worm but a buried sea cucumber with its feeding tentacles extended above the sand.
|Feeding tentacles of sea cucumber|
There was a very cute Sponge crab, who refused to let go of the Cerianthid it was grabing onto. The frontal view looks like the crab is feeling sad.
|Sponge crab, grabbing tightly onto the cerianthid.|
|Sad looking face from the front.|
|Spoon seagrass, new leaf on the right.|
|New leaf spouting from the rhizome.|
|Thumbs-up sea squirt attached to a long discarded mineral water cup.|
|Pink warty sea cucumber seen amongst some trash and under plastic packaging.|
An example would be this Spiky sea pen (Pteroeides sp.) with the visible rust marks after I removed the rusty fish hook with short fishing line. (I forgot to take a photo of the sea pen with the hook on.)
|Spiky sea pen with two hole and rusting fish hook marks.|
|Painted porcelain crab|
Tomorrow will be my last fieldtrip for this week before all the school work meetings and reopening of school term. I am visiting a coral garden tomorrow!
Post by others on this trip:
Ria - New finds at Changi