False clown anemonefish in the many colourful Magnificent anemones, lots of healthy corals. But sadly, signs of a massive fish trapping system, and no recovery in seagrasses.
Terumbu Semakau is a submerged reef that lies just opposite the Semakau Landfill and next to Pulau Semakau.
Bubble tip anemone that seemed mostly alright and not bleaching. But I didn't see any anemone fishes in it.
Spotl-tail frogfish is hard to spot. I only saw it because it was waddling about. This rotund fish doesn't swim very well and crawls on the bottom on its hand-like pectoral fins!
Bohol nudibranch today.
Tiger coweries. Three of them were huddled together. This large snail, although common in neighbouring countries, is rarely encountered in Singapore. Sadly, on this trip none of us came across any Fluted giant clams.
Mosaic crab, the Red egg crab and the Floral egg crab. These crabs have toxins that are not destroyed by cooking and should not be eaten. But the crabs are NOT venomous. Venomous creatures kill by injecting toxins, for example through stingers or a bite. Many venomous can be eaten safely, for example jellyfish.
Very long ribbon worm hunts prey that it can paralyse with a poison.
While most of the Boulder pore corals were alright, a few had bluish portions especially at the top. Possibly 'sick' portions?The Cauliflower corals, which were among the first to bleach in 2010, today were mostly alright, only a few had signs of bleaching.
Branching Montipora corals in the middle of the reef is still there. Still about 10m x 10m as I saw them in Nov 2012. None of them were bleaching.
leathery soft corals of all kinds were alright although some had bleaching or very pale patches or edges. More than half of the Asparagus soft corals I saw were yellowish or had yellowish tips. But none were completely bleaching.
Spoon seagrasses, mostly heavily covered in growths. Most of the Tape seagrasses were cropped very short.
June 2010. It breaks my heart to think the seagrasses will never recover.
Near our landing point, we see a V-shaped fence-like set up of poles and chicken wire. It appears to be a funnel-like trap for fishes.After the frightening experience yesterday of attempting to leave a submerged reef during a rising tide in stormy weather, we are all very glad to have a peaceful calm sunrise.
SG Sea Drone facebook page.
Posts by others on this trip
- Jianlin on facebook.
- Juria Torame on facebook.
- SG Sea Drone piloted by Pei Yan on facebook.
- Marcus on facebook.
- Jerome on facebook and on his blog.
- Russel on facebook.
- Pei Yan on facebook.