It's been a year since I visited this submerged reef off the refineries of Pulau Bukom and just across from Pulau Semakau.
We left the mainland at the tail end of a stormy Sumatras with strong winds that forced us to shelter inside the cabin. But as we approached the submerged reef, the weather cleared and the sun peeked out among the clouds. As we got to the reef, a sea turtle made a big splash before disappearing from view.
Tape seagrass (Enhalus acoroides), Spoon seagrass (Halophila ovalis) as well as some Sickle seagrass (Thalassia hemprichii) and Needle seagrass (Halodule sp.).
Pore corals (Porites sp.) and they all were nice and brown.
Favid corals (Family Faviidae) of all kinds and none of those I saw were bleaching.
Cauliflower coral (Pocillopora sp.), Sandpaper coral (Psammocora sp.), Acropora corals (Acropora sp.), Anemone corals (Goniopora sp.), Brain corals (Family Mussidae), Carnation coral (Pectinia sp.), Lettuce coral (Pavona sp.), Ridged plate coral (Merulina sp.), Galaxy corals (Galaxea sp.). I also saw some Disk corals (Turbinaria sp.) and Montipora corals (Montipora sp.). Alicia also spotted a Mole mushroom coral (Polyphyllia sp.). I didn't manage to go to the coral-rich spot on this reef that I saw last year. So much to cover in such a short low tide.
leathery soft corals (Family Alcyoniidae), but they all looked healthy.
Pizza anemone (Cryptodendrum adhaesivum) nestled among the rubble.
Giant carpet anemone (Stichodactyla gigantea), one with a very shy 'Nemo', several Frilly sea anemones (Phymanthus sp.) and Wiggly star anemones. Also one Fire anemone (Actinodendron sp.), several Bubble tip anemones (Entacmea quadricolor) and one Magnificent anemone (Heteractis magnifica).
Jorunna funebris, but Alicia found a huge Dendrodoris tuberculosa. Chay Hoon and the rest of the team of course found lots more nudis and flatworms.
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