A gorgeous sunset over the city as we explored Terumbu Semakau, a submerged reef just off the Semakau Landfill.
Terumbu Semakau lies next to the Semakau Landfill and close to the petrochemical plants on Pulau Bukom. Yet, it remains one of the nicest Terumbus.
Sargassum seaweeds are in full bloom. Making it hard to check out the reef edges.
Torch anchor coral colony, none of them were bleaching. This seems to be an improvement from what I saw in Jun 2015.
There was a wide range of the usual commonly seen corals, previously in Family Faviidae, now in Family Merulinidae. None of those I saw were bleaching.
Cauliflower corals, Branching montipora corals, as well as Acropora corals. None of them were bleaching.
Stumpy acropora corals that we saw in Jun 2015 are still there and very much alive. Here's a view of them with the petrochemical plants of Pulau Bukom on the horizon.
And a view with the cityskyline.
The big patch of Branched montipora corals is ringed by live corals but those in the centre still appear to be dead. They were last seen alive on our trip in Jul 2014 and were already dead on our trip in Jun 2015.
Pore corals, and a few small colonies of Galaxy corals and Anemone corals. None of them were bleaching.
Asparagus flowery soft corals I saw were rather pale or oddly coloured, although none were bleaching outright. This seems a little improved from what I saw on our last trip in Jun 2015.
Magnificent sea anemone is also seen near the reef edge.
There are also Giant carpet anemones. Alas, none of these large anemones were home to anemonefishes which are usually commonly found in them. Have they been harvested?
There were several Common cerianthids and this less common-looking one which might be a Small-mouth cerianthid.
The seagrasses that used to be so lush here are still not back. Where they used to be, just vast expanses of bare sand.
Spoon seagrass with tiny leaf blades. And very short cropped Tape seagrasses barely sticking out of the surface.
Tape seagrasses closer to the reef edge, most of those in the middle of the Terumbu were cropped short. There were also some sparse patches of what looked like Serrated ribbon seagrass.
June 2010. It breaks my heart to think the seagrasses will never recover.
Jun 2015 was still there. From a distance, it looked like they are no longer in use.
Photos by others on this trip