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Cephalapod eggs
updated Oct 2016

if you learn only 3 things about them ...
Egg capsules contain living eggs or tiny animals. Don't disturb them.
Egg capsules are found on stones and among seaweeds. Watch your step.
Please don't bring egg capsules home. Thousands of baby animals may die.

Where seen? These egg capsules are seen on many of our shores and can be seasonally common. These capsules were probably produced by cephalopods which includes octopuses, squids and cuttlefish.

Features: Some take the form of small tear-drop shaped capsules (1.5-2cm) joined together to form a 'string' about 10-15cm long. The entire assembly is usually attached to a firm structure or surface such as a tubeworm's tube or sea fans (gorgonians). Some are also attached to seaweeds. The capsules are black but become transparent just before the babies emerge as miniatures of the adults.

Other egg capsules look like white sausage-shaped capsules 6-8cm long. Usually seen in a bunch of several 'sausages' attached to large masses of seaweeds.

A bunch of sausage-shaped capsules.
Sentosa, Oct 03

Chek Jawa, Dec 02

Changi, Jun 06

Pulau Semakau, Jan 05

Changi, Jul 12

String of black egg capsules
Changi, Jul 02

Developing babies
Changi, Jul 03

Another kind of egg capsule commonly seen.
Pulau Hantu, Feb 08

Cephalopod eggs on Singapore shores

Photos of Cephalopod eggs for free download from wildsingapore flickr

Distribution in Singapore on this wildsingapore flickr map

Pulau Ubin OBS, Jan 16
Photo shared by Jonathan Tan on facebook.

East Coast Park, May 09
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on flickr.

East Coast Park, Mar 10

Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on flickr.

Pulau Semakau, May 08
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on flickr.

Terumbu Raya, May 10
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on his flickr.

Terumbu Pempang Tengah, Mar 16
Photo shared by Juria Toramae on facebook.

Beting Bemban Besar, Mar 17
Photo shared by Juria Toramae on facebook.

Pulau Pawai, Dec 09

Pulau Sudong, Dec 09
Photo shared by James Koh on his flickr.
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