It's our last season of morning lows for the year before we usher in the evening low spring tides from October onwards. For our last submerged morning trip with a super early 0300 departure, we surveyed Terumbu Pempang Tengah.
aggregation of mushroom corals which I called as the mushroom jackpot and could not exact find it because of the growths of Sargassum seaweed. The waters were ripply because of the wind and this photo shows the best spot with a Leathery soft coral (Family Alcyoniidae) and many surrounding Circular mushroom corals (Family Fungiidae).
Tongue mushroom coral (Herpolitha sp.) and Feather mushroom coral (Ctenactis sp.).
Carnation coral (Pectinia sp.), Pebble coral (Astreopora sp.), Galaxy corals (Galaxea sp.), Moon coral (Diploastrea heliopora) and Turbinaria Coral (Turbinaria sp.).
Acropora corals (Acropora sp.) and the one found at the reef edge is much bigger.
Black frogfish (Family Antennariidae) resting beside the Acropora corals!
Red egg crabs (Atergatis integerrimus) and also another Blue-spined swimming crab (Thalamita sp.) with the corals in the background.
Spoon-pincer crabs (Leptodius sp.) found in the minefield of Montipora coral (Montipora sp.).
Red-eyed reef crab (Eriphia ferox) with bright red eyes!
Red swimming crab (Thalamita spinimana) is quite handsome with its red body and blue appendages.
Feather star (Order Comatulida) on the Leathery soft coral!
Magnificent anemones (Heteractis magnifica) and one of them is home to the False clown anemonefish (Amphiprion ocellaris).
Bulb-tentacled sea anemone (Entacmaea quadricolor) found at the reef edge.
Dawn flatworm (Pseudobiceros uniarborensis) and numerous Black spotted flatworms (Acanthozoon sp.).
Black phyllid nudibranch (Phyllidiella nigra) and Ornate leaf slug (Elysia ornata).
Reef octopuses were quite active and it is always fun to see how their colour changes with the surrounding that they try to blend with.
Stonefish sea cucumber (Actinopyga lecanora).
Blue-spotted fantail rays (Taeniura lymma) swimming around. With the ripply waters and deep areas I was wading in the dark, it made me nervous as I tried to avoid them.
Spangled emperor (Lethrinus nebulosus). Think it's the first time I saw this and it is special because it has large scales in a 'distinctive pattern' which looks like a kind of diamond pattern.