I saw lots of Fire anemones today among the seagrasses of Beting Bemban Besar!
I saw several Fire anemones on a brief survey of this humungous shore. Anything with the word 'fire' in their common name probably has a very nasty sting. None of us have touched it to find out just how nasty it is...
Aug 2018. Here's a brief video clip.
Aug 2018, I saw some small patches of Noodle seagrass. I also saw Spoon seagrass (small and large leaves), Needle seagrass (narrow and broad leaves), Sickle seagrass and Serrated ribbon seagrass.
Tape seagrass with longer leaves (about 30cm) in the middle of the reef flat as well as among the reefier edge. There were some though, with cropped leaves. I had also seen some seagrass growths on the southern end of Beting Bemban Besar in Nov 2018. So perhaps the seagrasses are returning to this submerged reef? And perhaps they will then return to Pulau Semakau too?
Thick-edged sand dollar. There were moon snail trails in the sand. I saw more animals among the seagrasses during our last survey in Aug 2018.
Giant carpet anemones among the seagrasses, but I didn't see any Haddon's carpet anemones, which are more typically found among seagrasses.
Branching montipora corals, though they are not yet the dense field that used to be here. After the mass coral bleaching in 2016, during our last survey in May 2017, I observed that only about 20% survived. Today, there seems to be more colonies. They were alright. I saw some Acropora corals and most were alright although one was very pale.
Circular mushroom corals they were pale or bleaching. There were also some Tongue mushroom corals. They were not bleaching.
Cauliflower corals, they were not bleaching. I saw several Sandpaper corals, they had pale edges. Anemone corals and Small goniopora coral were particularly abundant, all were alright except or one or two with pale polyps. I saw a few Brain corals and they were alright.
Disk corals I saw were alright, although a few were pale. Most of the Flowery disk corals were pale.
Cabbage coral (stressed), several Anchor corals (not bleaching), a few Pebble corals (oddly coloured), a few Carnation corals (pale).
Galaxy coral (pale). The Boulder pore corals were mostly alright although a few were pale or pink. As usual, I saw a lot of Merulinid corals, and only a few were pale and I saw only one small one that was bleaching.
Leathery soft corals were mostly alright, with several large colonies.
More photos by others on this trip
Teo Say Chong
Others on this trip: Chay Hoon, Geraldine, Say Chong.
Meanwhile, Liz was at Pulau Semakau with TeamSeaGrass. Here's what she saw.