How nice to see the Leathery sea anemone again!
Leathery sea anemone (Heteractis crispa) on this reef in Apr 2010. Kok Sheng saw what might be another of these anemones too!
Beting Bemban Besar lies off Pulau Semakau. We have been visiting this reef several times. I was wondering how it coped with coral bleaching.
At our landing point was a large meadow of seagrasses!
Noodle seagrass (Syringodium isoetifolium) which I saw on my trip in Apr 2010. In some parts though, the seagrasses were 'burnt'.
egg ribbons probably laid by nudibranchs. Although I didn't see any nudis, James found a nice big Dendrodoris tuberculosa.
Favid corals (Family Faviidae) of all kinds, most were alright although some were rather pale.
Mole mushroom corals (Polyphyllia talpina). But unlike on our previous trips, I didn't see any live Circular mushroom corals (Family Fungiidae) or Tongue mushroom corals (Herpolitha sp.). All three were seen to be bleaching on our trip in May 2010.
Brain coral (Family Mussidae), Plate montipora coral (Montipora sp.), a pretty Favid coral with a maze like pattern, Branching montipora coral (Montipora sp.), Pebble coral (Astreopora sp.), Anemone coral (Goniopora sp.) with Small goniopora coral (Goniopora sp.).
Acropora corals (Acropora sp.) that were recently dead. One colony that was very pale, and only one small colony that seemed alright.
Crinkled sandpaper coral (Psammocora sp.) and many small Cauliflower coral (Pocillopora sp.) colonies that were unbleached. These two species suffered very badly during the coral bleaching event.
Leathery soft corals (Family Alcyoniidae) of various kinds, and many colonies of Asparagus flowery soft coral. There were also many colonies of Blue corals (Heliopora coerulea). I didn't come across any that were bleaching.
Haddon's carpet anemone (Stichodactyla haddoni) near the seagrasses, and several Giant carpet anemones (Stichodactyla gigantea). Alas, I didn't see any anemone shrimps or 'Nemos' in them. There were also many Frilly sea anemones of various patterns, and some Wiggly reef anemones. But I didn't see any snaky sea anemones (Macrodactyla doreensis) as I did on my previous trip.
cerianthids (Order Ceriantharia).
Bracket mushroom coral.
Moon corals (Diploastrea heliopora).
Pebble coral (Astreopora sp.) colonies of various colours. Most were small colonies.
Ridged plate coral (Merulina sp.), Bracket mushroom coral, Ringed plate coral (Pachyseris sp.), Carnation coral (Pectinia sp.). Also common corals such as Flowery disk coral (Turbinaria sp.). Brain coral (Family Mussidae), Anemone coral (Goniopora sp.) and Crinkled sandpaper coral (Psammocora sp.).
Fluted giant clam (Tridacna squamosa), and another valve of the Hippopus hippopus, possibly now extinct in Singapore.
Common sea stars (Archaster typicus) near the seagrasses. And I saw one White-rumped sea cucumber (Actinopyga lecanora). I didn't have much luck spotting other echinoderms. But Kok Sheng walked all the way to the other end of the huge reef and saw the Knobbly sea stars (Protoreaster nodosus) that I had seen there in May 2010.
Near this reef is Singapore's largest fish farm which is said to cover 2 hectares. Here's part of the farm.
May 2010 during the bleaching event, and in June 2009 when I saw a lot more interesting corals. Perhaps the shore has been affected by coral bleaching? Let's hope it can survive the many activities nearby and on the fishing activities on shore. We should regularly stop by to see how it is doing.
It's great to have a good team of experienced shore explorers to help cover such a vast reef! In this way, we can get a better sense of the shore even on a short trip. I'm sure they will be posting their sightings soon.
Tomorrow, one more trip to end this rather exhausting series of low spring tide trips. This time, to a part of Sentosa that I've not visited before!
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