There is a stretch of Pulau Semakau which has lots of Magnificent sea anemones!
In the small area I explored, there must be at least 20-30 of these large Magnificent anemones (Heteractis magnifica)! These anemones can tuck their tentacles into their body column. I noticed some of them had patches of very skinny tentacles.
False clown anemonefishes (Amphiprion ocellaris) in them. But the fishes were very shy. This is the only shot I managed to get of one. Marcus found a strange commensal shrimp that we have not seen before.
Feathery soft corals (bottom right in the photo) that were so abundant on this shore. I thought they might be Xenia soft corals, but the polyps didn't pulsate.
Leathery sea pen. The first time I've seen this on Semakau, although we have seen this on shores nearby.
Durian sea cucumber (Stichopus horrens). Though these seem common on Pulau Semakau, I don't often see them elsewhere.
Favid corals (Family Faviidae) with some Pore corals (Porites sp.).
Carnation coral (Pectinia sp.). The long skinny tentacles with white tips emerge from the cavities formed betwee the 'leaves' of the colony.
Brain corals (Family Mussidae), some of them with their tentacles also sticking out.
Ridged plate coral (Merulina sp.), but I saw small pink 'mouths' among the ridges. Apparently, the tentacles of these corals are rarely seen.
Tongue mushroom corals (Herpolitha sp). I also saw some healthy Cauliflower corals (Pocillopora sp.). From my brief visit to this shore, I get the sense that the corals are not as thick or diverse as the reefs found just across the channel on Terumbu Semakau. I wonder why this is so?
Yellow banded damselfish (Dischistodus fasciatus) and a False scorpionfish (Centrogenys vaigiensis). I also saw a Carpet eel bleeny (Congrogadus subducens), a Worm eel (Muraenichthys sp.).
Striped eeltail catfishes (Plotosus lineatus). Marcus and Alicia saw a ball of the same kind of fishes but they were larger.
Dogfaced watersnake (Cerberus rynchops) which is commonly seen on this shore especially at night.
Project Driftnet team to remove it.
Flaring was going on at Pulau Bukom while we were on shore. It was most obvious when it was still dark, the huge flame lighting up the sky and water all around.