Fortunately, the gloomy weather cleared up quickly. Here's a video of this lovely island under blue skies as we were leaving.
Boulder pore corals. Most of them were not bleaching, though some were oddly green and some were pale or had bleaching portions.
Merulinid corals. Anemone corals, Small goniopora coral, Disk coral. I feel as if there are fewer coral colonies and fewer species than on my last survey of this area in Jan 2017.
I also saw some large leathery soft corals of various kinds on the shore. There were also many small clumps of Broad feathery soft corals.I came across many kinds of sea anemones too. The most common remain Giant carpet anemones and Frilly sea anemones. I also saw one Magnificent anemone and many Banded bead anemones. For the first time, I saw a Haddon's carpet anemone on the shore (it had a pair of Peacock-tail shrimps) and two Snaky sea anemones.
zoanthids of various kinds.
Common sea stars! Long black sea cucumbers remain the most abundant echinoderms on the shore. Unfortunately, none of us saw the Giant clam.
I saw larger patches of Sickle seagrass on the western shore, more than I had observed in the past here.
Chengam, Nyireh bunga, Merambong, Mengkuang, Bedara Laut, Rambut putri.
Rhu trees were blooming. Although they look like pines (which are not flowering plants), Rhu or Casuarina trees do produce flowers. The pink fluffy female flowers turn into prickly fruits that resemble pinecones. The male flowers are tiny and appear on long stems.
Raffles pitcher plants. Today, I noticed some ants on the pitcher, clearly eating something that they like produced on the lip and under the lid of the pitcher. Although I looked for some time, I didn't see any ants falling into the pitcher.
Land hermit crabs on the upper shore. They are naturally found on the high tide line where all kinds of edible stuff washes up. But also litter. Because all our mainland recreational beaches are cleaned daily of litter, these hermit crabs are no longer commonly seen.
Photos shared by others on this trip
Richard Kuah and on his blog