I started at the rich reef flats outside the seawall. The tide is very low today so much of the corals were exposed. Fortunately, the tide turned soon after sunrise, protecting the corals from being toasted.
Brain coral, Favid corals and Carnation corals.
Anemone corals, Mole mushroom corals and Ring plate corals, all doing well. I also saw many Tongue mushroom corals.
Circular mushroom corals, among larger Pore corals. All the Pore corals I saw were not bleaching.
Acropora coral provides living spaces for all kinds of small creatures. They are hard to spot as they hide deep among the stony branches of the coral. On the high shore, there were small clusters of Montipora coral, but not large patches like those I've seen on the Terumbus.
Branching horn coral. So far, the only other place I've seen this coral in large numbers at Raffles Lighthouse.
Lettuce coral and Disk coral.
Galaxy coral are still there and they seem alright.
Cauliflower coral, with most being alright.
Asparagus flowery soft corals were a little yellowish. The Giant carpet anemones I saw seemed alright.
What is coral bleaching and why this is of concern on the Bleach Watch Singapore blog. Fortunately, the latest Bleaching Alert Areas from the NOAA website shows that Singapore falls outside the 'Watch' status. So let's hope our corals have passed the danger period for the year.
Blue dragon. Chay Hoon says the ID of this animal is being looked into and its name might change. There were also many White-rumped sea cucumbers, and I saw some of the usual crabs too.
Hantu Bloggers who have been conducting guided dives here every month for 12 years!
Leathery soft corals and they seemed alright. There are also mangrove trees that have settled naturally on the western seawall (blue arrow). I hurried over to have a look at them.
Tengar putih that are growing here. They are all doing well, flowering and producing propagules. Pulau Hantu is the only place I know of where I can easily see many of these trees in a small area. The tree is listed as Vulnerable on the Red List.
Mangrove cannon-ball tree. The bark isn't peeling a lot though.
Tape seagrasses in the northern lagoon were nice and long. I also noticed that the lagoon is much sandier (less silty and soft) and the lagoon seems to be shallower.
Spoon seagrasses, although they are heavily covered in epiphytes.
Photos by others on this trip
There are not enough low tides to do all our shores! So Kok Sheng checked out a Changi shore today. Here's what he shared on facebook.