Beting Bemban Besar likes just off Pulau Semakau.
This submerged reef is among the few with a population of Knobbly sea stars. I saw 15 of these large sea stars clustered near one another at about the same spot during my last trip here in Mar 2013.
Cushion star hidden among the sargassum. Chay Hoon found a very large feather star, while Kok Sheng found a rare sand dollar, our first time seeing it here. Beting Bemban Besar seems a rather good reef for echinoderms.
Crucifix swimming crab, which I rarely see. It disappeared among the sargassum.
squids. I only managed to photograph this one which was staying still as it relied on its camouflage among the seaweeds. Kok Sheng also found a nice Fluted giant clam.
Anemone coral I saw were pale and yellowish (left), but most were nice and normal brown or pink.
Favid corals are abundant here. Some of the Favid corals were pale or had yellowish patches. But I didn't come across any hard corals that were completely bleaching.
Brain coral, Cauliflower coral, Disk corals, Branching montipora coral, Acropora corals. None of them were bleaching
Torch anchor coral, the rarely seen Moon coral, Galaxy coral, Carnation coral, Plate montipora corals and Pebble coral. There were of course many Pore corals and they were not bleaching. Also Blue corals which were alright. I didn't see as many corals as I did in Aug 2012, but probably the reefy parts were well covered in Sargassum seaweed. Hopefully, the shade of the seaweed also helps keep the corals cooler and stops them from bleaching.
Leathery soft corals and they were not bleaching.
Asparagus flowery soft corals I saw were yellowish and bleachy looking.
Coral scallop in Acropora coral.
Tape seagrass I saw were cropped. Although there were some small clumps of long but curly Tape seagrass. I also saw sparse patches of Spoon seagrass and what looked like Sickle seagrass. Kok Sheng saw more seagrasses elsewhere on this large submerged reef.
|Photo by Marcus Ng|
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