Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Okay, after hiatus of many months, I am back blogging! Haha.....I hoped so! Anyway, will try my best to blog whenever I can from now. :)
So, what shall I blog about? Hmmmm.....of course it has to be about my favourite activity, breathing compressed air in our seas! Thus, I shall start with last Sunday Pulau Hantu dive trip with The Hantu Bloggers!
As past experience told us, diving locally during this time of the year (June-August) can be quite challenging if you are not used to low visibility condition. Yup, the visibility does not go beyond 2m during this period. So on Sunday, we have about 1-1.5m of visibility at Pulau Hantu North jetty. Lucky for us, there wasn't any current. Not sure if it is due to warmer water during this period, critters count seen to be on a lower side. Nonetheless, we still managed to see some wonderful creatures!
There were lots of these yellow Doto nudibranch (Doto sp.) on the Hydroids! Some of them were even laying eggs! They are rather small but if you look carefully at the Hydroids, you will see them quite easily!
Another tiny nudibranch to look out for will be the Dermatobranchus nudibranch (Dermatobranchus sp.)! They are like white specks on the substrates.
Saw a tiny unknown Hypselodoris nudibranch (Hypselodoris sp.) too!
As usual, you cannot miss seeing the Blue Dragon Nudibranch (Pteraeolidia ianthina) as they were everywhere on the reefs.
You get to see bigger nudibranch too! Like the Black-margined nudibranch (Doriprismatica atromarginata)[Top pic] and the Slender Ceratosoma nudibranch aka The Godzilla (Ceratosoma gracillimum)[Bottom pic].
There are also critters to be found on Sea Fans or Sea Whips too! We saw the Gorgonian Wrapper Anemone [Top pic], Basket Star [Middle pic] and Allied Cowrie [Bottom pic]!
On the seabed, we came across Sea Pens,
Icon Sea Star,
and a orange Sea Cucumber! First time seeing this Sea Cucumber at Pulau Hantu! Usually sighted them mostly on our Northern shores.
We saw Flatworm[Top pic] and plenty of Ascidians[Bottom pic]
Lastly, two fishes (Tiger-tail Seahorse[Top pic] and Blue-spotted Fantail Stingray[Bottom pic])that I had a hard time shooting because they either hide underneath the pillar or inside the concrete pipe. Sadly, my camera setup was unable to go in between the gap to get a closer shot of them.
So let's hope that the visibility will improve next month and we get to see more stuff!
Friday, May 02, 2014
Our Not So Blue Sea : Anything in Singapore Reefs?.....
A compilation of videos showing some of our marine life in Singapore. Enjoy!
Saturday, February 09, 2013
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Sunday, July 29, 2012
It's Hard To Mate When There's Currents.....
Was out diving with The Hantu Bloggers at Pulau Hantu this morning, after missing out last month's dive due to flu. We did the two dives at the North and South Jetty. Visibility was about 1.5m and there were slight currents. I was still trying to get used to my new camera setup and so basically was using my pointer to aid me moving from point to point in the currents.
Came across a pair of Snakey Bornella nudibranch (Bornella anguilla) and realised that they were trying to mate! Well.....a bit tricky in the currents it seen.....
Trying to "connect".....
Just a bit more.....
And then, a strong current swept by.....
Okay, try again then.....
Ahh.....okay and hold on tight this time!
These two nudibranch were not the only one mating, MH saw a pair of Gymnodoris nudibranch mating at the shallow end too!
Besides the Snakey Bornella nudibranch, also spotted other nudibranch such as.....
A Phyllid nudibranch (Phyllidiella sp.)
A Blue Dragon nudibranch (Pteraeodia ianthina).
A Gymnodoris nudibranch (Gymnodoris rubropapulosa)
The "Godzilla"/Slender Ceratosoma nudibranch (Ceratosoma gracillimum) at both jetties.
A unknown Doto nudibranch (Doto sp.)
An Eyed Phyllid nudibranch (Phyllidia ocellata).
And a little Emma nudibranch (Hypselodoris emma) fighting currents to move forward.
Not many Flatworm today. This is the only one that I came across.
Tiger Anemone (Nemanthus sp.?) on red Sea Fan!
Can you see me?
It's an Allied Cowrie that is of similar colour as the Sea Fan. It does not like to be seen.
Whereas, these two "think" otherwise. :p
Hard coral and Cave corals!
Some Synaptid Sea Cucumbers on Sponges.
Close-up of a Cushion Star!
A Carpet Eel Blenny!
After missing out the Seahorse on the 1st dive, PM showed me one on the 2nd dive.
Lastly, I finally get to see the Jann's Pipefish that I have wanted to see for a long time! Thanks MS for finding it! Too bad I was low on air and cannot wait long enough for it to come out of the creavices. Thus, no photo. Anyway, shall wait for MS's pics and video clips of the Pipefish! *Update 31st July : And here's the video clips of the Pipefish, courtesy of MS!