Today we headed for the southern tip of Semakau which has lots of seagrasses in front a mangroves with a small stretch of sandy shores. This area reminds me of Cyrene Reef.
Cauliflower coral (Pocillopora sp.) and Sandpaper coral (Psammocora sp.).
Sunflower mushroom coral (Heliofungia actiniformis), a circular mushroom coral, some Galaxy coral (Galaxea sp.), a Ridged plate corals (Merulina sp.) and many Favid corals (Family Faviidae) and Anemone corals (Goniopora sp.).
Fringe-eyed flathead (Cymbacephalus nematophthalmus), which is commonly seen on many of our shores.
Batfish (Platax sp.). Other fishes that were common included the Common mojarra (Gerres oyena) and lots of little gobies (Family Gobiidae).
Knobbly sea stars (Protoreaster nodosus)! As I reached the southern tip, I saw more juvenile Knobblies. Including this one which has lost one arm and part of another arm. Oh dear.
Jorunna funebris and one Discodoris boholiensis. The rest of the team saw many more nudis!
I saw one squid (Family Loliginidae) and many octopuses!
Galloping sea star (Stellaster equistris) which Kok Sheng so dearly wanted to find for a very long time. I'm quite intrigued by its underside. It has fat orange tube feet. James also saw an Eight-armed sea star (Luidia maculata).
Common sea stars (Archaster typicus).
Remarkable sea cucumber (Holothuria notabilis), which is also seen on many of our other shores in the North and South.
Olive snail (Family Olividae)! Nicole found the Margined conch (Strombus marginatus).
Giant anemones (Stichodactyla gigantea) here. One had a pair of anemone shrimps. But I couldn't find any with an anemonefish. Nicole took a nice video clip of the anemone shrimps 'dancing' together.
Haddon's carpet anemones (Stichodactyla haddoni).
A few of us try to find our way through the thick mangroves to this area.
Subaraj saw the otter a few days ago.
flaring at the petrochemical plants on Pulau Bukom we saw a small boat at Terumbu Semakau. Laying driftnets? Sigh.
May 2011 when we also came to remove driftnets.
Project Driftnet blog.
It was good to have a chance to survey the southern end of Semakau. My last survey was in April 2011 when we checked the western edge before clearing driftnets.
Posts by others on this trip
- James with lots of land critters, the Eight-armed sea star, file snake and lots of other marine marvels.
- Nicole with huge side gill and other slug, lots of Knobblies and more!
- Russel with pretty shrimp goby, slugs, corals, sea stars and more!
- Rene with snake, fishies and more!
- Jerome with frog and fish, cricket and coral, amazing sunrise and more!
- Kok Sheng with lots of special anemones, slugs, snake and of course sea stars as he spent the most time on this part of the shore.