We were worried about what we might see following mass coral bleaching on all our reefs last year. Sadly, we estimate about 50% to 80% of the hard corals had died. But the leathery soft corals looked alright.
We last surveyed the shore in May 2016, before mass coral bleaching peaked in Singapore. So we did not see this reef bleaching at the time.
plate corals seemed to have survived well. Most were still large and were not bleaching. I saw many small new colonies growing.
Anemone corals had died. And some had very pale polyps.
Cauliflower corals had died. They dominated the reef flat when we last surveyed in May 2016 and were not bleaching at that time.
Crinkled sandpaper corals that were alright.
Anchor corals which bleached badly last year. Some large colonies of Galaxy coral, and two small Brain coral colonies. There were still many Red feather stars on some of the corals near the jetty.
Acropora corals in various stages of healthy to pale to dead. I saw a few Branching montipora corals that looked alright. I did not see any mushroom corals.
Pore corals I saw were pale or had pale patches.
Merulinid corals that were ok. But most of them had dead patches and some were pale or had bleaching portions.
Leathery soft corals of various kinds were still present and all not bleaching. There were also some flowery soft corals but much less in number than before.
Spoon seagrass (small leaved) here and there. A small patch of Sickle seagrass near the beacon. And a few clumps of Tape seagrass with long leaf blades. There was no bloom of seaweeds on the shore.
Magnificent anemones, but I couldn't find Clown anemonefishes in them. Fortunately Shao Wei found one! It was very shy. I also saw one Giant carpet anemone.
egg ribbons of slugs and egg strings of snails.
Photos by others on this trip
- Jianlin Liu on facebook.
- Jesselyn Chua on facebook.
- Loh Kok Sheng on facebook.
- Abel Yeo on facebook.