Back at Raffles Lighthouse after mass coral bleaching! And it is good to see many happy healthy hard and soft corals on the shore.
Among the first to greet me were happy anemonefishes and anemone shrimps in a healthy Giant carpet anemone!
Aug 2016 when we estimated about 10-30% of hard corals are bleaching, while about 10-20% of leathery soft corals were bleaching. About 20% of the hard corals have died recently. Today, most of the corals that were alive were not bleaching.
Acropora coral was still alive, but most of the tips of the corals were dead and broken off. Since these coral grow from the tips, I wonder what this means for the colony?
leathery soft corals I saw were alright. Although some were very small. I saw one Asparagus flowery soft coral that was rather pale but not bleaching.
Sea mat zoanthids were still bleaching. While some large colonies were very pale with much of the colony dead.
Cauliflower and Sandpaper corals.
Burrowing giant clam! It's so pretty. Giant clams also have symbiotic algae and may succumb to coral bleaching. So it's nice to see a happy healty Giant clam.
Mentigi (Pemphis acidula). Is the crispy brown treelet in the photo one of the Mentigi trees? Oh dear.
Photos by others on this trip
Others on this trip: Mei Lin.