Beting Bemban Besar lies off Pulau Semakau. Our last trip to this part of the reef was in May 2011, just after the mass coral bleaching in 2010.
Common sea stars, a nudibranch, an Egg-white moon snail and a Mosaic reef crab.
Small goniopora corals I saw were pale, while all the Anemone corals I saw were not. Some of the Pore boulder corals were pale and some had pale slivers of living coral around a large dead centre. There were some Merulinid corals (previously Family Faviidae), most were alright.
Cauliflower corals with most of the colony dead but small living portions not bleaching. Similarly for Crinkled sandpaper corals.
Brain corals, a few Disk corals, one Galaxy coral, a few Mole mushroom corals but no other kinds of mushroom corals.
Acropora corals and many small clumps of Branching montipora coral.
leathery soft corals of various kinds. They were not bleaching, but most were small.
Flowery soft corals that were not bleaching. But I saw a few Sea mat zoanthids that were rather pale.
Giant carpet anemones (one with a shy Clown anemonefish), one Haddon's carpet anemone and a few Frilly anemones. Nick found a Haeckel's anemone too! There were many upside down jellyfishes among the seagrass areas.
May 2011. Here's a video clip of the seagrasses.
Photos by others on this trip
Others on this trip: Choo Yi Feng, Lisa Lim,