Here's a brief video clip of what I saw, including a Giant carpet anemone and Magnificent anemones, many with small anemonefishes.
leathery soft corals.
The Boulder pore corals were doing poorly on our last survey in Jun 2018, and today I didn't see many. Some were alright, others were pale or yellowing and pinkish - a sign of stress? I also saw several large colonies of Anemone corals that seemed alright, although one was rather pale. Some of the plate corals had pinkish portions.leathery soft corals and flowery soft corals. All seemed to be doing alright. The large leathery soft coral is still there, though somewhat submerged as the tide wasn't very low.
Acropora coral (not sure if green is a healthy colour though). I saw a few small Cauliflower corals, one large colony of Sandpaper coral and some clumps of Branching montipora coral. There were also some small Disk corals. All were not bleaching. The large colonies of Ridged montipora corals capped by Red feather stars are still there.
It was great to see many colourful Anemone corals, one large happy Galaxy coral, some encrusting Montipora coral and some Merulinid corals that were not bleaching. I saw one Lettuce coral, but didn't see any Carnation coral, Anchor coral, Trumpet coral and Brain coral like I did on our last survey.
Barrel sponges that were alright. During our last survey in Jun 2018, almost all the large Barrel sponges here were turning brownish and grey and appear to be disintegrating.
It was great to see a small Fluted giant clam. It looks like the same one we saw rolling about in the waves in the same area during our last survey in Jun 2018.
Spoon seagrass (with small leaf blades) near the old jetty, some Sickle seagrass near the beacon. Also a small clump of Tape seagrass, alas, badly cropped short. It had female flowers and long leaves on our last survey in Jun 2018.
Jianlin and the rest of the team also saw the Slender Ceratosoma nudibranch that we often encounter here.
It still remains a mystery to us what has caused the mass dying here last year, but it appears to be limited to the Serapong shore. We didn't see anything this drastic during our surveys of reefs elsewhere since then.
Let's hope this shore recovers soon from whatever is affecting the corals.
Thanks to Shao Wei and friends of Sentosa Development Corp and Sheila of Serapong Golf Course for arranging our survey this morning.
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Meanwhile, Richard Kuah checked out Coney Island