Among the amazing colourful animals here are large Magnificent sea anemones. These animals clone themselves and thus often found in clusters of individuals with similarly coloured body columns. There were also many Giant carpet anemones. Some had clown anemonefishes, although they were very shy. I saw one Merten's carpet anemone.
Burrowing giant clam is still there. But none of us saw any other Giant clams.
Xenia soft corals. These animals pulse in the water!
May 2018. Today, although most corals were alright, I saw a few that were bleaching. This included common ones like Boulder pore corals, Flowery disk corals (all were pale, a few were bleaching), Anemone corals (most were alright, a few were bleaching), Sandpaper corals (most were alright, a one had very pale edges).
May 2018, i.e., slowly improving. Although heavily covered with epiphytes, there was good cover of Spoon seagrasses on many of the pools in the middle of the reef flat.
Tape seagrass with longish leaf blades. Although also many clumps with short cropped leaves. I saw many small clusters of Serrated ribbon seagrass that looked fresh and green.
June 2010. Let's hope the seagrasses will return soon!
Port Marine Notice 039 of 2019 dated 3 May 2019). Seems the works will be from 05 May 2019 to 30 Sep 2019.
Fate of Terumbu Semakau?
Terumbu Semakau is one of the existing natural shores that may be impacted by the landuse plan by the Ministry of National Development released in Jan 2013 in response to the Populations White Paper with a 6.9 million population target. The dotted margined blue areas are "Possible Future Reclamation".
The other shores impacted by this plan include Pulau Jong, Pulau Hantu, Terumbu Pempang Darat, Terumbu Pempang Tengah, Terumbu Pempang Laut.
Singapore's submerged reefs are often out of sight under the high tide and thus forgotten. Let's hope Terumbu Semakau stays safe until we can visit again.
The Singapore Blue Plan 2018
Pulau Semakau and nearby islands and submerged reefs have been recommended by the Singapore Blue Plan 2018 for Immediate Conservation Priority.
The Blue Plan recommends the intertidal and subtidal marine areas of Pulau Semakau and adjacent Pulau Hantu, and Pulau Jong to be designated Marine Reserve.
DOWNLOAD the Plan, SUPPORT the Plan! More on the Singapore Blue Plan 2018 site.
Photos by others on this trip