A very small team heads out well before dawn to check out Terumbu Raya.
This submerged reef opposite Pulau Hantu and the petrochemical plants on Pulau Bukom, has a rich reef on the side facing Pulau Semakau.
Many creatures on the reef are often overlooked as boring rubble, such as Fluted giant clam. But Jianlin found a medium-sized Fluted giant clam. And Kok Sheng shortly found another one too!
Lumpy rock crab! It looks like a piece of coral rubble and I only noticed it because it moved!
Tiger cowrie that may be mistaken for a stone covered in hairy growths.
White-rumped sea cucumber!
Clown anemonefishes in this Giant carpet anemone.
Black-spotted lagoon goby.
Reef octopuses. This one crawled out of the water over sand to get back into its burrow!
Moon corals. I also saw one Galaxy coral.
Brain corals I saw today.
Carnation corals most were ok.
Anemone corals and most were alright. Only a few were rather luminous yellow or green.
Favid corals. While some had bleaching patches (mostly at the top), most of them were alright. There were also many Pore hard corals and they were all mostly alright.
Disk corals, Bracket mushroom coral and Ridged plate coral. Some were pale or yellowish, others were alright.
Anchor corals. None of them were bleaching. During the last mass coral bleaching in 2010, Anchor corals were among the first to bleach.
Crinkled sandpaper coral and it was alright. I did not see any Cauliflower corals. There were several small colonies of Branching Montipora corals and they were alright.
Leathery soft corals and they were alright. I did not come across any flowery soft corals.
Spoon seagrasses and some Tape seagrass , many cropped, some medium length. None were long. All the seagrasses were heavily covered in epiphytes and a brown fuzz. This is similar to the situation I saw on my last visit here in Jul 2013.
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