We are back at Terumbu Raya after about one year! Terumbu Raya is translated into The Great Reef from Malay. The reef edge of Terumbu Raya, especially the side facing Pulay Semakau, is known to be breathtaking!
Circular mushroom corals (Family Fungiidae) and occasionally some Tongue mushroom corals (Herpolitha sp.).
Blue-spotted fantail ray (Taeniura lymma) in this photo.
Ridged plate coral (Merulina sp.) and the green Pebble coral (Astreopora sp.).
Anemone coral (Goniopora sp.)! You can estimate the size by comparing with my shadow. Hahaha! This huge patch of anemone coral is located at the side facing Beting Bemban Besar.
the Physogyra Coral (Physogyra sp.). Physogyra species are rarely encountered on our intertidal shores as they are mainly found subtidal. These hard corals are unique in having large bubbles that obscure their skeleton.
Brain corals (Family Mussidae) look pale and are likely to be undergoing bleaching. These corals are usually among the first to be affected when the sea surface temperature goes too high.
Trumpet coral (Caulastraea sp.).
Bulb-tentacled sea anemones (Entacmaea quadricolor) at the reef edge.
Tomato anemonefish (Amphiprion frenatus). However, these fishes are usually quite shy and it requires patience to wait for them to come out.
Leathery sea anemone (Heteractis crispa). They have long tentacles with purplish tips. This individual seems to also be slightly bleached.
Pizza anemone (Cryptodendrum adhaesivum).
Fluted giant clam (Tridacna squamosa) and I also saw another one along the reef edge. Looks like they are doing well.
Cushion star (Culcita novaeguinea) is a sea star that is not uncommon on pristine reefs of the south. I have never seen them on our northern shores though.
Tiger cowrie (Cypraea tigris)! According to the Singapore Red Data book, although this cowrie was considered one of the commonest cowries of the Indo-Pacific, and present on Singapore reefs in the past, the tiger cowrie is now exceedingly rare.
Spotted-tail frogfish (Lophiocharon trisignatus) found by Russel. Frogfishes are interesting because they have a bait-like structure that lures smaller fishes or prey into the area their the mouth and before you know it, the frogfish will have its meal.
More photos of the trip are found in my facebook album: