'Shark!' Sam exclaims as a Black-tipped reef shark swam in the shallow waters, probably hunting fishes. It swam right by me and my camera jammed! Sigh.
Terumbu Hantu is one of the last few small submerged reefs that we have yet to visit. It lies very close to Pulau Hantu. It is tiny, compared to the huge Terumbu Pempang Darat we visited two days ago.
Terumbu Bayan, which was reclaimed in 2006 to expand the refinery facilities on Pulau Bukom. This 2003 Google Earth image shows where Terumbu Bayan used to be.
Merten's carpet anemone (Stichodactyla mertensii).
Clown anemonefish (Amphiprion ocellaris) in it!
Giant sea anemones (Stichodactyla gigantea), which also has pink spots on the body column but is less violently pink. Hmmm ... it's tough to differentiate these similar looking sea anemones. All the sea anemones I saw had anemonefishes in them, though very shy ones. Russel found a large Bubble tip sea anemone (Entacmea quadricolor) with a fierce Tomato anemonefish (Amphiprion frenatus) in it.
Xenia soft corals (Heterozenia sp.). I first saw these animals on Terumbu Bayan! It was only much later that I saw them again on our other submerged reefs.
Spider conch (Lambis lambis) to take a look at it, we noticed the bunch of eggs nearby.
Fluted giant clam (Tridacna squamosa) that looked like it died on the reef. We didn't find any living giant clams on the reef today.
Jorunna funebris or something else?
smooth orange sea cucumber. Mine had dark spots, but Russel's was plain orange. Russel reminded me that Kok Sheng also found one of these on Pulau Hantu itself. These sea cucumbers were stuck on top of coral rubble. We don't know what it is yet.
Cushion sea star (Culcita novaeguineae)!
Tape seagrass (Enhalus acoroides) and they all seem rather long and none were bleaching. I didn't come across any other kind of seagrass.
Carpet eel-blennies (Congrogadus subducens). Some were bluish, others greenish or brown. I'm sure these would make a tasty meal for the eagle.
MORE trips ahead as the low spring tides continue. It's an exhausting schedule of predawn trips but there's no other way to get a brief glimpse of these marine marvels!
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