It was important to sort the teams right before boarding the 2 boats by Summit Marine System. Terumbu Bemban and Beting Bemban Besar may just be next to each other, but efficiency in transporting the correct people to the correct location is crucial as we have limited time on the exposed submerged reef due to the low tide window.
|Pre-departure briefing and boat sorting.|
Image by Ivan Kwan
One of the interesting animals was a hiding Anchor tuskfish (Choerodon anchorago). It has pretty coloured spots on its cheek.
|False clown anemonefish|
|Shrimp with Fals clown anemonefish|
|Blue-spotted fantail ray|
|Close up on the body.|
|Fantail with visible spine at end third.|
Today, we are treated with great sun rise over Pulau Semakau on Terumbu Bemban.
|Fluted giant clam.|
That is all the reef survey I am doing. The rest of the reef survey sessions clashes with work commitment. However I will be back at base camp the coming weekend for more volunteering and fun.
Next Sunday is a day off at base camp and some of us are going to spent some time having fun around the place.
Read more about what the other group saw at Beting Bemban Besar on the Mega Marine Survey blog: Starry Day 7 at the Southern Expedition.