Jul 2016. When we estimate about 50% of the hard corals and 50% of the leathery soft corals are bleaching, and about 20% of the corals have died recently.
Here's a video clip of the corals at Terumbu Semakau today.
Boulder pore corals were pale or had pale or white or dead portions.
Brain corals that looked alright, although some had dead portions.
Sandpaper corals with dead portions. Many of the Cauliflower corals I saw had small white portions, one was still pale.
Stumpy acropora corals were dead.
Asparagus flowery soft corals and leathery soft corals, they were alright.
Giant carpet anemones, none of them were bleaching and some had clown anemonefishes.
Fire anemones (one was bleachy) and one Haddon's carpet anemone (rather pale).
Merten's carpet anemone. I saw many Magnificent anemones, but no Frilly anemones. The rest of the team also saw Bubble tip anemones. All were not bleaching.
Spoon seagrass cover much of the shallow lagoons, with sprinkles of Serrated ribbon seagrass and Tape seagrass, mostly cropped. It's quite similar to what we saw in July 2016.
Posts by others on this trip
- Jianlin Liu on facebook.
- Marcus Ng on facebook.
- Loh Kok Sheng on facebook and his blog.
- Toh Chay Hoon on facebook.
- Heng Pei Yan on facebook.
- Richard Kuah on facebook and his blog.
- Lisa Lim on facebook.