29 Oct '11, 2am

Lost Coast: bountiful bonnets and awesome sand creatures

Lost Coast: bountiful bonnets and awesome sand creatures

Usually a rare sight on our other shores, we saw lots and lots of bonnet snails at the remote and inaccessible 'Lost Coast'. Probably the last large expanse of clean sandy shore on mainland Singapore, it is home to amazing snails, sea stars, slugs and other intriguing creatures! I started seeing the Grey bonnet snails (Phalium glaucum ) even as I waded to the shore. I notice they leave a thin string of slime behind them as they crawl over the sand. Many were buried in the sand, with only their white siphons sticking out. These snails are listed as Endangered in the Singapore Red Data Book, so it's great to see so many of them! I came across many Bonnet snails eating Cake sand dollars (Arachnoides placenta ) which are abundant on this shore. I notice the snail wraps its foot around the sand dollar. I wonder if the sharp spines at the front of the snail's shell helps it get ...

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