A short survey of Pulau Hantu shows all seems well.
We were here with Nicholas Yap and his team of anemone hunters and other scientists. I tried to help by finding anemones. But could only find the common ones like: Giant carpet anemone (with anemonefish which were shy), Magnificent anemone, Haddon's carpet anemone and many Frilly anemones.
Merulinid corals (previously Favid). Most were alright though many had dead patches.
Pore corals, all alright though some had large dead portions.
Branching montipora coral, and several colonies of Cauliflower coral, most were alright although some had large dead patches.
Anemone corals too. Some were rather flourescent, but I didn't see any that were bleaching.
Flowery disk coral, Ridged plate coral and Bracket mushroom coral. There were also a few small Brain corals that looked alright.
leathery soft corals of various kinds. They were not bleaching.
Asparagus flowery soft corals, and one Spiky flowery soft coral. All looked alright, although some were a little pale.
Upsidedown jellyfish. At first I thought it was a sea anemone until I saw it weakly pulsating.
long-tailed macaque on the island came towards me and appeared to forage. It then started to follow me as I made my way across the lagoon to our departure point. I managed to reach Samuel, and even standing next to him, the macaque came very close to us. It didn't show aggression or beg, and didn't make eye contact. Eventually, it left us.
Tape seagrasses, most of those I saw were long. There were sprinkles of Spoon seagrasses, most of them heavily covered in ephiphytes. This is similar to what I saw in Aug 2015 and Jan 2017.
Apr 2017, oil stains, sheen and blobs were seen around Pulau Hantu. In Jan 2017, a leak happened in a Shell unit on Pulau Bukom that was already shut down for maintenance. Two huge barges were seen 'parked' inside in Oct 2016, I checked for impact of these during our Jan 2017 survey at Pulau Hantu.
So it's good to see that the shores appear alright, for now.