Terumbu Semakau is a submerged reef that lies just opposite the Semakau Landfill and next to Pulau Semakau.
Flowery disk corals I saw were pale yellow, and some of the Brain corals were rather yellow too. Most of the Torch anchor corals I saw were yellowish and one was turning bright green. But we didn't see any corals that were completely bleaching.
Asparagus flowery soft corals were pale yellowish. Here's one with only the left branches turning yellow while the right branches are the usual pink-purple. Most of the leathery soft corals I saw were alright.
Montipora corals in the middle of the reef, however, is mostly dead. Only those on the edges in the water at low tide are still alive. They were alright when I saw them on my last trip here in Jul 2014.
Fluted giant clam for Mei Lin. And Marcus found a Burrowing giant clam. Chay Hoon also found a Tiger cowrie and a seahorse. Special nudibranchs were also spotted.
Cushion star I've seen. It looks perfect on a sofa!
Durian sea cucumber curled up under a large rock.
Diadema sea urchin.
Magnificent anemones near the reef edge. These anemones can multiply by dividing, so those seen close to one another are probably clones and look similar. Some have bright pink body columns, others pale or brown or yellowish.
anemone shrimp, I couldn't find a single anemonefish in any of the large sea anemones (including the Giant carpet anemones which are common here). The team did see one or two small ones. This is odd since we saw lots of them on our last trip here in Jul 2014. What happened to the fishes?
June 2010. It breaks my heart to think the seagrasses will never recover.
Tape seagrass, patches of Spoon seagrass and some Serrated ribbon seagrass. Much of those seen were heavily covered in epiphytes.
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