Magnificent Kusu Island – an urban reef

Date February 4, 2014

Hantu Blog volunteers made a visit to Kusu Island on 26 Jan to explore more of Singapore’s marine life! We had to set out at dawn to catch the best tide for the dive. We got to catch a beautiful sunrise as we departed the mainland. Read the rest of this entry »

Cuttlefish Couple

Date January 28, 2014

A pair of reef cuttlefish in the shallow and murky waters of Singapore’s Kusu Island. These animals were in a coloration and posture that is less commonly observed. I wonder what they might have been up to. They were also really really huge. The biggest I’ve seen around here. Read the rest of this entry »

Learning logarithms from sea snails, and other benign creatures

Date January 27, 2014

The Hantu Blog is very privileged to be a part of the Comprehensive Marine Biodiversity Survey (CMBS) that continues to explore Singapore’s oceans even though most of the media attention has since died down. For this survey, we got to travel onboard the NUS vessel Galaxea! Read the rest of this entry »

Gotta Love Muck Diving

Date January 25, 2014

Last weekend at Pulau Hantu, the visibility was absolutely terrible! It was daunting for first timers, and a little stressful for the guides because we always hope for the best conditions for our first timers! Regulars however, remained super enthusiastic and still saw a lot of critters during their dive! Diving at Pulau Hantu is a lot about attitude! If you’ve got the right one, you’re surely to be nicely rewarded. Above: Goniopora coral Read the rest of this entry »

Fang Blenny’s Glass House

Date January 21, 2014

Variable fang blennies Petroscirtes variabilis are small elongated fishes that can be encountered in coral reefs of Singapore’s Southern Islands. Apart from discarded glass bottles, they have also been found making their homes within the shells of large snails. Watch this video as the blenny leaves its bottle, makes an about-turn, and swims back into its bottle backwards! Read the rest of this entry »

How do Marine Flatworms swim?

Date January 20, 2014

Here’s a video from yesterday’s dive at Pulau Hantu. A Marine flatworm (Pseudobiceros sp.) lifts off the coral reef and swims in mid-water. Watch how it alters the movement of its marginal ruffling to adjust its orientation and depth! Read the rest of this entry »

Seahorses and other spineless wonders!

Date January 16, 2014

Did you know that you can organize your own dive trips to Pulau Hantu with our Hantu Blog guides? Over the weekend, a small group of family and friends got themselves together and arranged a private charter to our reefs! 19-year old Caitlin Sahetapy was also kind enough to share the photos from the dive so we can all get a glimpse of the wonderful critters they encountered! Above: Tigertail seahorse. All photographs © Caitlin Sahetapy Read the rest of this entry »

Big Sisters Island with NParks

Date January 13, 2014

Hantu Blog was invited to join NParks for a survey dive at Big Sisters Island this week! We’re always thrilled to check out the other islands especially since we are so focused on diving at Pulau Hantu! It’s good to see what else is out there for us to find, and to learn what’s special about each of the other islands! Diving with marine biologists from NParks also allows us to learn more about their work and witness how real science is making a difference for Singapore’s very precious coral reefs! Here’s a quick run through of come of the cool creatures we saw! Above: Cratena lineata Read the rest of this entry »

Dive into the Holidays

Date January 6, 2014

Project Officer at the Raffles Museum of Biodiversity and Research, nudibranch enthusiast, and regular diver with the Hantu Blog, Chay Hoon, joined our last dive of the year in December, and reported “good visibility of about 3 meters”! Here are some of the critters she saw during her dive with us! Above: Goniodoridella savignyi Read the rest of this entry »

Sluggish finds lead to a new record!

Date 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 »