This is what the same spot looked like during the 2010 global mass coral bleaching.
|During our trip in Jun 2010.|
Smooth leathery soft corals were their normal pink colour. With their polyps retracted, they look uncomfortably like little baby hands. Eeks.
Pinwheel leathery soft coral that was still nice and brown. Although it was producing a layer of slime.
Cauliflower corals and Crinkled sandpaper coral. Today, I saw several colonies of these two species that were normal, except for one small Crinkled sandpaper coral.
Anchor corals. Today I saw several that were still alright.
Acropora corals and they seemed alright.
Branched montipora corals that were alright, and one small Pebble coral that was alright too.
I also saw some Carnation coral and Lettuce coral that had very pale to white edges but seemed to be hanging on.Flowery disk corals I saw were very yellow and one was very pale to white.
Disk corals seemed alright.
Bracket mushroom coral that was bleaching, a Ringed plate coral that was rather yellow and Ridged plate coral that was not bleaching.
mushroom corals I saw were not totally bleached, although some were oddly pink or had white patches.
Brain corals that I came across were alright.
Galaxy corals and they were still alright.
Anemone corals and Small goniopora corals I saw were alright, with pink or brown polyps. I only saw one that was very pale and almost bleaching.
Pore hard corals I saw were alright, although rather pale especially at the top.
Favid corals are the most abundant species on our reefs. So not surprisingly, the colonies I saw completely bleaching or with white patches or odd pink colours were Favid corals.
Asparagus flowery soft corals that I saw were also alright: nice purplish without any yellowish bits.
Giant carpet anemone and it wasn't bleaching. I also saw one Frilly sea anemone that seemed normal.
Tape seagrasses, mostly cropped short. I also saw small patches of Spoon seagrasses.
sponges on the shore and they were all doing fine.
about coral bleaching in Singapore.
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