On 6 Aug 2016, we visited Terumbu Pempang Laut for a coral bleaching check. However there are not many corals on this shore as compared to the rest.
Leathery soft coral (Family Alcyoniidae). Bleaching happens when corals (and also other cnidarians) lose the symbiotic algae in their bodies which help produce nutrients. It is the algae that give the animals their colour. Scientists think that most bleaching is caused by an increase in sea surface temperature. Find out more about bleaching in the Bleach Watch Singapore blog.
Frilly sea anemone (Phymanthus sp.) with blue-tipped tentacles. Such unusual colours usually appear when they are stressed.
Pizza anemone (Cryptodendrum adhaesivum).
Mole mushroom coral (Polyphyllia talpina) on this shore as mushroom corals are usually found on more pristine reefs.
Face-banded coral crab (Tetralia nigrolineata). This crab has a bandit-like dark band across its broad face.
Fluted giant clam (Tridacna squamosa) is still doing well with no signs of being bleached.
Strawberry cockle (Fragum unedo). The strawberry cockle has red lines or beads on its shell.
More photos of the trip here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10154410914668158.1073741921.547198157&type=1&l=ed81550f67