Hurray! Today we enjoyed a blue-sky day visiting Terumbu Semakau.
nearly a year ago, at the height of the coral bleaching event. Have the corals here survived?
Terumbu Semakau is a submerged reef that lies just off the Semakau Landfill and some parts of the original Pulau Semakau.
We arrive just before dawn, so the petrochemical plants on Pulau Bukom were still brightly lit.
Bleach Watch Singapore.
Today, in some parts, I saw corals still growing densely next to one another.
Tomato anemonefish (Amphiprion frenatus) is frolicking in the water!
Magnificent anemone (Heteractis magnifica) near some Pebble coral (Astreopora sp.).
This stretch of reef is very close to the landfill, the seawall on the horizon.
Cauliflower corals (Pocillopora sp.) were very badly affected during coral bleaching. I did see many colonies that seemed alright, but also some that were still very white.
Here's a closer look at the dead and live portions of the hard coral.
Acropora corals (Acropora sp.) and Montipora corals (Montipora sp.) which were not bleaching.
Montipora corals (Montipora sp.).
Euphyllid corals (Family Euphyllidae) as these corals were badly affected during coral bleaching.
Pebble corals (Astreopora sp.) and a large healthy Trumpet coral (Caulastrea sp.).
Favid corals (Family Faviidae). Most were alright. I saw a few that seemed rather excessively luminiscent, and some with dead portions.
Tongue mushrooom corals (Herpolitha sp.).
Galaxy coral (Galaxea sp.). Most were doing fine, although a few showed signs of ill-health.
Anemone corals (Goniopora sp.) were badly affected during coral bleaching, so it was good to see many healthy colonies today.
Ridged plate coral (Merulina sp.) are not so common, so it was nice to see several of them in good health.
Brain corals (Family Mussidae), although some were an odd colour. These corals were badly affected during the coral bleaching event.
Carnation coral (Pectinia sp.) and even one small colony of Horned coral (Hydnophora sp.).
disk corals (Turbinaria sp.) of all kinds. Most seemed alright.
leathery soft corals (Family Alcyoniidae) I saw were not bleaching. I saw many of the common varieties of these corals.
Giant sea anemones (Stichodactyla gigantea) and Magnificent anemones (Heteractis magnifica) on this shore! Many of them had anemone shrimps. But I couldn't find any anemonefishes in any of them.
Frilly sea anemones (Phymanthus sp.).
Fluted giant clam (Tridacna squamosa)!
Ribbon jellyfishes (Chrysaora sp.) which can give a nasty sting.
Tape seagrass (Enhalus acoroides) were short and 'chopped', a similar situation that we observed at Cyrene recently. But all the species we last saw were still present today. Including the rare Noodle seagrass (Syringodium isoetifolium), Serrated ribbon seagrass (Cymodocea serrulata) and lots of Spoon seagrass (Halophila ovalis). .
about a year ago.
We came across three large fish traps, but they were all already broken, so we left them where they were.
Indo-pacific dolphin (Sousa chinensis) as it was grey with a low dorsal fin. Wow!
On the way home, in the clear weather, I got a better look at the massive works to build the boardwalk at Berlayar Creek.