November 24, 2013
Diving at Pulau Hantu is all about going slow and staring hard at the substrate. A prefect critter for pleasure on our reefs then, is the sea slug. To photograph the Ceratosoma nudibranch above, I didn’t even have to dive! Just popped my head under the water, and there it was, crawling about the sargassum algae on the reef flat! Read the rest of this entry »
November 24, 2013
Spurred by news about sea turtles coming to nest on Singapore shores, a group of NIE teacher trainees decided something needed to be done to raise public awareness about the need to protect our shores, sea turtles, and their eggs, so that Singapore can continue to be a birth place for these rare and endangered creatures!
Marine Life & Me: an awareness drive, 23-24 Nov, 9am-6pm, East Coast Lagoon Food Village, East Coast Park. Bring your family down! Read the rest of this entry »
October 28, 2013
It’s been almost a decade since I last saw one of these at Pulau Hantu. At first glance, it looks like any ordinary scorpionfish. Well, actually, at first glance it looks like sand, but upon closer inspection, one would be able to make out a fish. This stealthy and venomous predator is known commonly as the Demon stinger, Devil Stinger, or Indian Ocean walkman Inimicus didactylus. Above: The Demon stinger is a piscivorous ambush predator. It is nocturnal and typically lies partially buried on the sea floor or on a coral head during the day, covering itself with sand and other debris to further camouflage itself. Once dug in, it is very reluctant to leave its hiding place.  Read the rest of this entry »
October 23, 2013
During our dive at Pulau Hantu over the weekend, we were lucky to encounter a young pair of what we believe to be Brown-banded bamboo sharks Chiloscyllium punctatum.
Four other species of bamboo shark have been recorded to occur in Singapore, the grey bamboo shark (Chiloscyllium griseum), Hasselt’s bamboo shark (Chiloscyllium hasselti), white-spotted bamboo shark (Chiloscyllium plagiosum), and slender bamboo shark (Chiloscyllium indicum), a small species inhabiting sandy coastal waters that is occasionally caught by anglers.
October 21, 2013
Divers at Pulau Hantu enjoyed outstanding underwater visibility over the weekend. It was rather disorienting. We’re much used to figuring out where we are half a meter at a time, and now all of a sudden we had to compute four meters of landscape at a go. It was a real challenge, but we got the hang of it eventually. Above, a Tomato clown anemonefish peeps out of its host anemone as schools of damsels congregate along the shallow reefs. Read the rest of this entry »
October 9, 2013
On 8 October 2013, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) invited the Hantu Blog, and several other stakeholders including International Coastal Cleanup Singapore (ICCS), Nature Society of Singapore (NSS), National Parks Board (NParks), Singapore Environment Council (SEC), Singapore Underwater Federation (SUF), to meet and discuss the developments of Tuas Port and potential impact on neighboring Sultan Shoal. Also present at the meeting were scientists from the National University of Singapore’s Department of Biological Sciences and the Danish Hydraulic Institute (DHI). Read the rest of this entry »
October 6, 2013
Hypselodoris bulockii and its egg ribbon PHOTO: Mathieu Meur
Mathieu Meur has been photographing the underwater world for over 20 years. On his photo blog, he writes, “I’m fortunate to dive some of the nicest, and sometimes most remote, corners of our planet.” Among his list of dive sites that include Micronesia and Costa Rica, is our humble little city reef, Pulau Hantu. Read the rest of this entry »
September 16, 2013
When it looks like this underwater, it can be hard to tell… Read the rest of this entry »
August 19, 2013
Hanging out on Pulau Hantu’s reef flat in a huge anemone yesterday, were at least five False-clown anemonefish Amphiprion ocellaris, three of which popped out to say hello. These are just one of the many kinds of unique fish that can be found in local waters. Read the rest of this entry »