Here's some highlights of what I saw.
Magnificent sea anemones. These animals clone themselves and thus often found in clusters of individuals with similarly coloured body columns. There were also many Giant carpet anemones. Some had clown anemonefishes, although they were very shy. I saw one Haddon's carpet anemone and one Merten's carpet anemone.
Kok Sheng captured these lovely Tomato anemonefishes who live in Bubble tip sea anemones. The rest of the team also spotted seahorses.
Leathery sea fans. I saw many large Leathery soft corals and Asparagus flowery soft corals and they all were alright.
Brain corals. Most seemed alright.
Lettuce coral and Carnation coral.
Anchor corals, Acropora corals, Disk corals. There were also Moon corals, Pebble corals, Anemone corals and Galaxy corals. I also saw many Sandpaper corals and Cauliflower corals that were alright, just forgot to take photos of them!
Boulder pore corals were very pale.
Branching montipora is dead and seaweeds have grown on the skeletons. But I notice a few clumps of new coral growing.
sponges of all kinds as well as sprinkles of colourful ascidians. Some of the team saw interesting nudibranchs!
Tape seagrass with longish leaf blades. Although also many clumps with short cropped leaves.
Serrated ribbon seagrass that looked fresh and green.
Spoon seagrasses that were not covered with epiphytes were bleaching.
June 2010. Let's hope the seagrasses will return soon!
Aug 2017. Let's hope it stays safe until we can visit again.
On the way home, Alex pointed out six large fishing boats that are equipped to do trawl fishing in the deep sea. Oh dear.
Terumbu Semakau lies next to the Semakau Landfill and close to the petrochemical plants on Pulau Bukom.
the existing natural shores that may be impacted by the landuse plan by the Ministry of National Development released in Jan 2013 in response to the Populations White Paper with a 6.9 million population target. The dotted margined blue areas are "Possible Future Reclamation".
Photos by others on this trip
Richard Kuah saw a seahorse
More photos by Richard Kuah
By Kok Sheng
By Lisa Lim
Meanwhile, Chay Hoon surveyed Changi shore