This is a photo of the MV Nautica a large live-aboard dive boat which was seen high and dry on the living reefs of Terumbu Hantu on 9 Nov 2014.
|Photo by Toh Chay Hoon on facebook.|
|The area as seen in Jan 2015.|
Despite the rain, we managed to spot some interesting marine life. Such as this pretty cushion star.
Reef octopus. The octopus could see me better than I could see it! I had trouble seeing the screen underwater and I got too close. In a flash of ink, it disappeared.
clown anemonefishes in a Giant carpet anemone! It's easier to take videos than photos when surveying a reef in the pouring rain. I saw many Giant carpet anemones, and none were bleaching.
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 now falls outside the 'Watch' status. Let's hope our corals have passed the danger period for the year.
Ian is astounded by the large and numerous large colonies of leathery soft corals on the reef! I saw several different varieties and all of them seemed alright. Although some had suspiciously large holes in them. I only saw one Asparagus flowery soft coral and it was quite pale.
Favid corals and most of them were alright. I saw several Anemone corals and they all seemed alright.
Boulder pore corals had bleaching or bluish/greyish portions at the top.
Flowery disk corals I saw, small and large had bleaching portions. The other kinds of Disk corals I saw were alright.
Crinkled sandpaper corals that were alright. There was a large cluster of Galaxy corals that seemed alright. I didn't come across any Cauliflower corals.
Brain corals and they all seemed alright.
Cabbage coral. Sadly, one was bleaching and another wasn't looking too healthy.
Anchor corals. One seemed rather pale, the other was alright.
Circular mushroom corals and only one was partially bleaching. I also saw many large Mole mushroom corals and they were all alright.
Lettuce corals and one Moon coral. I also saw one Acropora coral. All of them were alright.
Tape seagrass here and there. Cropped to various lengths from very short to quite long (30cm).
|Brown water seen in Dec 2011 as we approach the mainland.|
Photos by others on this trip
- Lisa Lim on facebook.