Last Saturday, we were on a predawn trip at Terumbu Pempang Tengah, a submerged reef which is only exposed during low spring tide. For the first time, I took some time to explore the reefy stretch near the deeper waters.
These are the Circular mushroom corals which are usually only found on better reefs.
Cushion star (Culcita novaeguinea)! These are moments that I will say "Thank you Lord!" for such wonderful sightings.
Disk coral (Turbinaria sp.) in many layers. Indeed, space is a limiting factor when the reef is just so crowded with life.
Long-spined black sea urchin (Diadema sp.).
Euphyllid coral (Family Euphyllidae) with U-shaped tips.
Pizza anemone (Cryptodendrum adhaesivum).
Favid hard coral (Family Faviidae) with weird blue anf brown coloration. Is this a sign of bleaching?
Tongue mushroom corals (Herpolitha limax) are so huge that I think they are equivalent to grandmas and grandpas of their type.
Anemone corals (Goniopora sp.)!
Cauliflower corals (Pocillopora sp.), there are quite a number of Magnificent anemones (Heteractis magnifica). I love how they sway their bright purple tentacles with the currents and waves.
Bulb-tentacled anemone (Entacmea quadricolor).
Frilly sea anemones (Phymanthus sp.) in different patterns and coloration.
'Neon' sea anemone which was recently sighted on our southern shores by various people.
Lima file clam (Lima lima) found by Rene! Furthermore, their tentacles are in electrifying red colour!
Copperband butterflyfish (Chelmon rostratus), Eightband butterflyfish (Chaetodon octofasciatus) and the adult version of the Yellowtail or Vermiculated angelfish (Chaetodontoplus mesoleucus). Thankfully, the intrepid team destroyed the trap and released the fish.