Here's a closer look at the special clam. It does look different, both in the mantle (fleshy body) and the shape and pattern of the shell.
Fluted giant clam (Tridacna squamosa). Mei Lin says it's the one of the biggest ones she's seen so far. Hurray! Thanks to Chay Hoon for spotting them in the first place.
Terumbu Bemban is one of our prettiest submerged reefs with some patches of thick reef growth. Today, the tide wasn't really low enough for me to check on the reef edges.
Acropora coral (Acropora sp.) and others in the same family.
Cauliflower corals (Pocillopora sp.) and Sandpaper corals (Psammocora sp.).
NOAA website on coral bleaching suggests that we need to keep a look out for coral bleaching in our area for the next few months. Let's hope for the best.
Leathery soft corals (Family Alcyoniidae) and Flowery soft corals (Family Nephtheidae) and they were not bleaching.
Xenia soft corals (Heteroxenia sp.). In these, the long polyps were pulsing! I didn't realise the long polyps could retract into the common tissue.
|Photo by Toh Chay Hoon on facebook|
Blue-spotted fantail rays (Taeniura lymma) and once again a Black-tipped reef shark that got away before I could take a photo of it. It was scorching hot but the sound of thunder finally made me look up. The weather suddenly turned around us! Thankfully, Jumari and Kiki rescued us!
Two more morning trips ahead! It's great fun to explore our shores but the relentless pace can be quite exhausting.