|This reef in Jun 2016 during mass coral bleaching.|
We arrived at first light. And I was greeted by this tiny clown anemone fish in a Giant carpet anemone! I saw many Giant carpet anemones and one Frilly sea anemone.
Blue-spotted fantail rays on the shore.
Big synaptid sea cucumber.
Anemone corals and they were ok. But almost all the Small goniopora coral colonies I saw were very pale. I saw a few small Flowery disk corals that were bleaching, but I saw large colonies of other Disk corals that looked alright. I saw one large Brain coral that had dead portions, and another that looked alright.
Anchor coral, a small Galaxy coral and one Tongue mushroom coral.
Sandpaper corals, most had dead portions. I saw several Cauliflower corals that were alright. I saw small Stumpy acropora coral colonies with dead portions.
Branching montipora corals on the high shore were mostly dead, with about 20% live portions. More living portions towards the low water mark.
Merulinid corals of various kinds. Some of the smaller colonies looked alright, but many had bleaching or dead portions.
Boulder pore corals were alright.
leathery soft corals that were alright. But some were clusters of smaller colonies, possibly a result of a larger colony 'melting' into smaller pieces.
Spoon seagrass (small and large leaves), Needle seagrass (broad leaves), Sickle seagrass.
Tape seagrass. Some were cropped, others were long (about 30cm). I sense the seagrasses here were a little better in Jun 2016, less heavily covered in ephiphytes and with more animals seen among them.
Jun 2015. Russel found a huge fish trap with a large pufferfish in it. He managed to release the fish and destroy the trap.
Photos shared by others on this trip
Meanwhile, at the same time, Liz Lim was on nearby Pulau Semakau shore with TeamSeagrass