what I saw during mass coral bleaching in 2016.
Here's a glimpse of the corals with Pulau Semakau on the horizon. While a few of the corals were bright white or flourescent yellow, many of the coral colonies were normal or paler than usual, or with small bleaching patches.
zoanthids I saw were alright although I saw a few scattered bleaching ones. I saw a cluster of corallimorphs that were bleaching, and a clumps of leathery soft corals that were bleaching and melted into smaller clumps.
Black-tailed sea hare. It was only later that I realised there was another one near by, from the purple ink in the water.
Burrowing giant clam. It was about 12cm long. Giant clams can also suffer from bleaching, so it was good to see that this one seemed alright.
Photos by others on this survey