We survey Terumbu Semakau at dawn and sadly find several large fish traps on the living reef edge.
There were masses of Magnificent sea anemones near the reefy edge of this submerged reef right next to our landfill.
clown anemonefishes, although they were very shy with their home anemones out of water. I also saw other fishes like this Kite butterflyfish.
Diadema sea urchins and White rumped sea cucumbers.
Leathery sea anemone. At first glance I thought it was a Snaky anemone but Nicholas pointed out the bumps on the body column and the purple tipped tentacles. The Snaky sea anemone doesn't have the bumps or purple tipped tentacles, and has fine white lines radiating out from the mouth on the oral disk.
Mertens' carpet anemone. It looks like a Giant carpet anemone, but has much shorter tentacles. It usually has bright red dots on the body, but this one didn't have them. We saw some Frilly anemones but no Bubble tip anemones. In the seagrassy area, I saw one Fire anemone but no Haddon's carpet anemone.
Burrowing giant clam found on this shore. She says it has grown a lot bigger since she last saw it. Yay!
Spangled flatworms and one Bayer's flatworm.
Leathery soft corals and they all were alright.
Asparagus flowery soft corals and some Spiky flower soft corals too. They were alright.
Pore corals but also Merulinid corals and Brain corals. Most seemed alright although some had large dead portions.
Flowery disk corals that were rather pale but other Disk corals seemed alright. I also some Plate montipora corals that were fine.
Galaxy corals near the reef edge. There were also some Crinkled sandpaper coral and many Anemone corals.
Lettuce coral, Ancor coral, Acropora coral. I also saw many Cauliflower corals that were alright, some with little Red coral crabs in them.
mushroom corals that were alright.
Sadly, the seagrasses have not returned to the shallow pools in the middle of the reef flat.
May 2017 and July 2016.
what we saw at Kusu Island a few days ago.
One the way home, we saw dolphins! Thanks to Alex for patiently showing us the wild dolphins.
Thank you to Nicholas Yap for having us along for the trip. And to Mei Lin for bringing us to St John's and so sorry that she missed the dolphin sighting.
Mr Kuet did an awesome video clip of our trip.
Photos by others on this trip
Others on this trip: Lena Chow, Lisa Lim, Neo Mei Lin, Nicholas Yap, Mr Kuet