Thanks to Mei Lin and her team for letting some of us tag along their research trip to Terumbu Raya!
Here's a video clip of some of the interesting marine life I saw at Terumbu Raya.
Common sea stars, it seems to be the first time we have noticed them here! I saw a Big synaptid sea cucumber, some Bigfin reef squids, and the nudibranch with bright orange spots. Samantha spotted many Reef octopuses.
Giant carpet anemones (one with clown anemonefishes) and a few Haddon's carpet anemones (one with anemone shrimps). I didn't see any Frilly anemones or Bubble tip anemones.
Jun 2017, the corals seem alright.
Merulinids. They were mostly alright, although some had large dead portions and one looked like it was bleaching and dying.
Cauliflower corals and Sandpaper corals and they seemed alright.
Acropora corals, most were alright although there was one colony that looked like it died recently.
Branching montipora corals.
Galaxy coral, a large colony of Moon coral in deeper water, and Carnation coral. Also some Brain corals and Anemone corals.
Disk corals, Ridged plate coral and Plate montipora corals.
Leathery soft corals and they were not bleaching. The most abundant cnidarian on the shore were Fine feathery soft corals and none of them were bleaching.
Hope the shores stay safe until then!