We visit our favourite shores during the last series of predawn low tides of the year.
The edge of the reef outside the seawalls are particularly rich. While I still saw many Blue corals, I noticed many of the large corals were half dead. And I didn't see many leathery soft corals. But I didn't survey much as the tide wasn't very low. We saw a lot more during our last survey in April 2017 during a much lower tide.
Branching montipora corals.
Pore corals. I also saw one Acropora coral, one Lettuce coral, one Anemone coral and one Galaxy coral.
Magnificent anemones on the reefs, and many Haddon's carpet anemones among the seagrassy areas. None were bleaching.
Giant carpet anemones. I saw a tiny Clown anemonefish in one of them.
Fringe-eyed flatheads, Whitings, various Damselfishes and lots of silversides. Lisa also saw a baby shark!
Common sea stars in 'mating' position. I also saw one Cake sand dollar and several burrowing moon snails and a few sand collars.
Sea Lettuce seaweed that covered much of the big lagoon, over seagrasses and corals.
Spoons seagrass (tiny leaf blades) and Needle seagrass (narrow leaf blades) in the big lagoon. Lisa found a baby Knobbly sea star!
Photos by others on this trip