The Least Remote Reef

Date 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.

TEXT AND PHOTOS BY MATHIEU MEUR

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After many years of absence from diving in Singapore, I have finally taken the plunge in local waters. Although I had dived in Pulau Hantu dozens of times before, I decided to call onto Hantu Bloggers for this trip, as I thought that this would add to the experience, and it did. Our dive guide was very dedicated, and managed to find some very interesting critters for us.

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I’ve always found that the reefs around Singapore are rich in marine life, when you take the time to look. But in just two dives, I was really impressed at how much we saw, maybe because earlier I used to teach diving there, and didn’t pay as much attention to the fauna.

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We came across many nudibranchs and flatworms, including several species that I hadn’t seen before.

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We were also surrounded by reef fishes, such as filefish, butterflyfish, damselfish, fusiliers, anthias and even a pair tomato clownfish. Unfortunately, it was the wrong season for sighting seahorse, so we’ll be back soon.

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