It's the last of the long week of super low tides and since the haze situation has improved and stabilised, we decided to resume the boat trip designated for Terumbu Hantu. It's my first time visiting this submerged reef!
Trumpet coral (Caulastrea sp.) with its fleshy tissues expanded when submerged in water. As for the green hard coral, it is yet another mystery.
Carnation coral (Pectinia sp.) is not the usual ones that we often see on our intertidal trips to the southern reefs.
Cabbage coral (Trachyphyllia geoffroyi). Unfortunately, it looks partially bleached.
Long-spined black sea urchin (Diadema sp.) and there are many small fish that surrounds the urchin. This could be some forms of symbiosis taking place?
Pizza anemone (Cryptodendrum adhaesivum) on the left and also a bleached Bubble tip sea anemone (Entacmea quadricolor) on the right.
Cushion star (Culcita novaeguinea).
Tiny seven-armed coral stars.
Fluted giant clam (Tridacna squamosa). This giant clam is still not as large as the adult ones and has pretty shades of blue and brown on its mantle.
Merten's carpet anemone (Stichodactyla mertensii) look like when it is not relaxed.
Lima file clam (Lima vulgaris).
Black-margined nudibranch (Glossodoris atromarginata) and we saw quite a number of them!
Black phyllid nudibranch (Phyllidiella nigra) that can be easily sighted.
Can you see a sandy / reefy patch on the top left hand part of this photo?
Long black sea cucumbers (Holothuria leucospilota).
Heart cockle (Corculum cardissa)! This one has intricate patterns on the convex side.
Spider conch (Lambis lambis)! It has yet to develop spines on its shell.
Here's the end to this long stretch of super low tides and let's hope the corals will do better over time.