In a small corner of Terumbu Bemban there are some of the best reefs I've seen in Singapore.
Here's a glimpse at some of the corals on this shore.
Apr 2016, before the peak of mass coral bleaching. During our last survey in Jun 2017, I did not see mass coral bleaching, although I sense about 20% of the hard corals have died and some individual corals are pale or have bleaching patches. Today, while some of the corals (like mushroom corals) seemed to have returned, others were not doing well.
The patch of Acropora coral was mostly dead, with only a narrow edge of living corallites. It was still alive on our last survey here in Jun 2017.
Disk corals on the reef edge had many dead portions. This was not the case on our last survey here in Jun 2017.
Sandpaper corals and Cauliflower corals. These are usually the first to succumb during bleaching events.
Leathery soft corals and they all seemed alright.
Asparagus flowery soft corals and they looked alright.
Barrel sponges that were alright, although some had rotting edges at the top. I was relieved to see this since we saw dying Barrel sponges at Sentosa Serapong last month.
Spoon seagrass, and cropped Tape seagrass. Today I saw sprinkles of Sickle seagrass.
Cushion stars, which I usually only encounter in our better reefs.
Merten's carpet anemone, which is not very commonly seen.
Hollow-cheek stonefish, right next to where I had decided to step! I only noticed it after I had been standing there for some time. It had lots of spines upright, ready for me in case I decided to step on it. Wow, count myself lucky today!
More finds and photos by the rest of the team who went for the trip.
By Able Yeo
By Nathaniel Soon
By Liz Lim
By Lisa Lim
By Teo Say Chong
Mei Lin on her blog.
Others on this trip: Jia Min, Giorgio