False clown anemonefishes not only live with large sea anemones (like this Giant carpet anemone) but need to be close to their host for protection. At low tide, the fishes are sometimes stranded in pools near their anemone. When the tide returns the fishes will hurry back into the safety of their host's tentacles.
Magnificent anemone. I could not find any fishes or shrimps living in it.
Spotted black flatworms. This flatworm was next to a False scorpionfish. The rest of the team also spotted Frogfishes.
Swimming file clam.
Branching montipora corals. It was too dark to take a photo of the full extent of this patch.
Favid corals. Only one or two were very pale. Most looked healthy.
Anemone corals and Small goniopora corals that I saw were not bleaching.
Crinkled sandpaper corals and Cauliflower corals. Those I saw today were not bleaching.
Pore hard corals I saw were not bleaching although one was bluish.
Asparagus flowery soft corals that I saw were purplish but had yellowish tips. I saw many large Leathery soft corals and they were alright.
Leathery sea fan is not often seen and usually only one colony. I'm glad to see it's not bleaching.
Tape seagrass I saw were cropped short to about 15cm. There were also patches of Spoon seagrass, most of them heavily covered in epiphytes. I also saw patches of Sickle seagrass.
swimming crabs as well as Smooth spooner crabs and Hairy crabs. Today, we didn't come across any fish traps. I could only cover a small part of the Eastern side of this large submerged reef. My last trip here was in Apr 2013 where I surveyed the western side of the reef.
At sunrise, it was time to leave as the tide turned.
The 2030 Landuse Plan by the Ministry of National Development released in Jan 2013 shows plans for 'possible future reclamation' (in light blue surrounded by dotted lines) that may impact Terumbu Pempang Darat and Terumbu Pempang Tengah. More about the possible impact of the 2030 Landuse Plan on our shores.
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