Today, the hard and soft corals looked healthy at Terumbu Hantu.
Here's a video clip of some of the corals I saw at Terumbu Hantu and nearby Beting Pempang which we also surveyed. Other interesting creatures seen include nudibranchs and a cushion star. Pei Yan also found a large Fluted giant clam.
damselfishes when I was trying to document a large mushroom coral.
leathery soft corals I saw were alright, most colonies were small. But I did not come across any Asparagus flowery soft corals.
Circular mushroom corals and Feather mushroom corals, and I didn't see any of these corals today. Today, I saw mostly Tongue mushroom corals, which I did not see bleaching last year.
Anemone corals I saw were bleaching. Today, most Anemone corals I saw were alright, although some had many dead portions.
Brain corals I saw were bleaching or not looking good. Today, I was glad to see a few Brain corals that were alright. I saw some Sandpaper corals, a few Cauliflower corals and some Pebble corals. They all looked alright.
Ridged plate corals, Ringed plate coral, Disk coral and Bracket mushroom coral.
Horn coral, Moon coral, Castle coral and Anchor coral. I saw one Lettuce corals that was alright but I didn't see any Carnation corals, half of which were bleaching last year.
Frilly anemones and many Giant carpet anemones. One had an anemonefish stranded out of water nearby. We put it gently in a pool of water nearby. When the tide returns, it will find its way home. I also saw one bleaching Pizza anemone. Alas, I couldn't find the rare Merten's carpet anemone that I saw last year, when it was bleaching. I hope it made it through alright.
Tape seagrasses, most of them with long leaf blades although some were cropped. Beting Pempang had a lot of Spoon seagrass with tiny leaf blades.
9 Nov 2014.
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Pei Yan also flew the drone for some fascinating aerial views of the terumbus off Pulau Hantu.
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