It's A Slug Day And More.....
Check it out! The Vis!!! We were at about 13m depth and the vis was like at least 6-8m!
That's Wai, my dive buddy and Ming Sheng is our volunteer dive guide today.
And here's the FANTASTIC Stuffs that we saw:
The Nudibranchs!!! Lots of them!!!
There's chromodoris fidelis (red and white with Black rhinophores), phyllidia ocellata (yellowish with white bumps), bornella sp. (white body with red patterns and projections), a tiny dermatobranchus sp (white body with some brown dots and brown rhinophores), jorunna funebris (white body with black polka-dots), chromodoris lineolata (brownish with black lines), glossodoris atromarginata (yellow one with black margin) and cuthona sibogae (purple body with red and orangeish projections).
Think that's all the Nudibranchs that we have seen today? Then you are wrong. :OP
Here's a first sighting of this chromodoris species in our water for me today. It's chromodoris coi. The last time that I have seen this species was during my open water dives in Malaysia.
Also, I finally had my wish granted today! After missing out this nudibranch, ceratosoma gracillimum , during my previous two dives at North Jetty, I finally saw it! Not one but THREE(I think)!!!
I was going like The Count from Sesame Street like this; "One ceratosoma, AHHAHAHAHA! Two ceratosoma, AHHAHAHAHA! Three AHHAHAHAHA!" Well.....with the exception of thunder roaring overhead and lightning flashing of course. :OP
Okay, that's all for Slugs.
So, what other stuffs we saw?
Let's see.....There's two Gorgonian shrimps that Ming Sheng had spotted for us. A first sighting for me again!
He also spotted this Urchin Clingfish (sorry, pic abit bad cos very hard to focus. But the fish is the one that's with white and black strips among the urchin's white spines). Yet another first sighting! See Wai's pic for a clearer shot and other wonderful stuffs.
Next, it's the Flatworms.
And these: Octopus, Crinoid, Batfish, Cushion Seastar and a Red Swimming crab.
And UNFORTUNATELY (or is it fortunately?), we saw this too.
Yes, that's a PLASTIC BAG you are seeing. It was floating in the water and we all know how it got there. Can you imagine the consequences if it was a turtle (and yes, we have turtle in our water!!!) and not us that had seen it first? The turtle might think that it is a jellyfish and eat it.
And oh ya, Wai mentioned that she saw something with white spots moving behind a Filefish among the crevices during our first dive. And at that time, I thought that she was pointing the Filefish to me and I took a pic. Guess what? When I was processing the pic, I saw this:
It's a fish, black with white spots on the head. Mmm.....could it be a Comet?