There are many Magnificent anemones on this shore. And most of those I looked closely at had at least one Clown anemonefish. During our survey last year, I didn't find any anemonefishes.
Bigfin reef squid.
Reef octopuses stranded on the seaweeds. This one was still half alive so I put it back into the water. The other wasn't moving at all.
Mosaic crab is the most poisonous crab in Singapore. Its bright markings warn everyone not to mess with it.
Purple climber crab on the shore. The rest of the team saw some clinging onto branches near the water. This is unusual behaviour. Marcus suggests this might be because they were mother crabs about to release their eggs into in the incoming high spring tide.
Red feather stars are still abundant on the shore, festooning hard corals and sponges.
facebook 7 May that "We just entered Bleaching Alert Level 2. The rise from Bleaching Warning to Bleaching Alert 1 and 2 were rapid. 2010 paled in comparison." Alert Level 2 is the highest level of alert.
the NOAA Coral Reef Watch site.
I'm relieved that we didn't see much coral bleaching during this survey. There are still small patches thick with colourful flowery soft corals, sponges and small corals. But I feel the area covered is reduced compared to our survey in Jul 2015.
leathery soft corals and hard corals of all kinds. Only a few of them were bleaching.
leathery sea fan.
Cauliflower corals that we saw during our last survey in Jul 2015 are still there. And they are all still nice and brown. I didn't see any that were bleaching. I saw a few Crinkled sandpaper corals and they were pale but not bleaching.
Acropora are still there. Although some were a little pale, I didn't see any that were bleaching. There were smaller colonies elsewhere too.
mushroom corals. A little pale but not bleaching. Other common corals that remained alright were Disk corals, Anemones corals and the Merulinid (previously Favid) corals.
Boulder pore corals. I also saw a few Brain corals bleaching.
Sargassum seaweed and Hairy green seaweed. So we couldn't see if there were any corals under there and if the corals were alright.
Tape seagrass. The patches of Sickle seagrass near the beacon was still there. And there were sprinkles of Spoon seagrass (with tiny leaf blades) near the old jetty.
trip in April 2011, Dr John Yong, our mangrove guru, shared that the presence of mangroves in Berhala lagoon (outlined in green) probably contributes to the healthy reefs here (outlined in yellow). Thus protecting mangroves also helps protect reefs and visa versa. Thanks Dr Yong! Indeed! We have yet to be able to explore the tantalizing reef outlined in orange as it seems to require a much lower tide. I'm quite certain it is just as, if not more, spectacular than what we have seen so far!
Posts by others on this trip
- Marcus Ng on facebook.
- Dayna Cheah on facebook.
- Jonathan Tan on facebook.
- Ivan Kwan on facebook.
- Ian Siah on facebook.
- Richard Kuah on facebook.