Among the first animals I saw was this unidentified flatworm.
Fluted giant clam (photos all bad, sorry).
Bubble tip anemones, and one had a large Tomato anemonefish. I also saw one Giant carpet anemone in the middle of the reef flat. But I didn't come across any other kinds of anemones. There were many White-rumped sea cucumbers, a Durian sea cucumber, and some octopuses.
Aug 2017 and June 2017. I saw a wider variety and I didn't see any corals bleaching.
Acropora corals tend to 'cry' producing slime, when they are exposed at low tide and it rains.
Moon coral is also producing a sheet of slime.
Brain corals. All seem fine.
Branching anchor coral, Brain anchor coral, Cauliflower coral, Sandpaper coral.
Disk corals, also some Ringed plate coral, Ridged plate coral, Plate montipora coral and Bracket mushroom coral, including one enormous colony on the reef edge.
Acropora corals, many Branching montipora corals - but not forming large fields, some Carnation corals and Lettuce corals.
Moon corals, Anemone corals, some Galaxy corals, and of course, many Merulinid corals.
Leathery soft corals on this stretch of shore. Mostly small to medium sized Omelette leathery soft corals. There were still many clumps of Fine feathery soft corals.
Tape seagrass with longish leaf blades (about 30cm long), although most were heavily covered in epiphytes. The other species I saw were Spoon seagrass (small and large leaf blades), Sickle seagrass and Needle seagrass with medium width blades.
We didn't come across any fish nets or traps. Which is great, because as we were waiting for the dinghy to pick us up, the second group saw a large sea turtle coming up for air nearby. These air-breathing animals will drown if they are trapped in a net.
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Others on this trip: Kok Sheng, Siew Men.