Monday, November 30, 2009

From Tiny To Giant @ Pulau Hantu Dives.....

We have had a good visibility @ Pulau Hantu yesterday! About 5m at least!


Back again at the dive site with The Hantu Bloggers on their monthly dive at the island.

This time round, I get to see stuffs as tiny as a rice grain to a giant! The tiniest one I came across was this little brown speck on the Sea Fan that I have no idea of what is it. It was moving pretty fast through.


and the giant is a Giant Clam! :P 1st time seeing one at Pulau Hantu underwater for me! And of course, I have informed Mei Lin, aka the Giant Clam girl about this sighting. I will try to map out the location for her so that she can find it and tag it for her research.


Also I get to see the Allied cowrie that I was tasked to find.


Of course, there are other interesting sightings too. Marcel managed to see a Stonefish just right below our boat! Yike!!! He also managed to see Octopus in both dives!

Alas, I only get to see Octopus' cousin, a little Cuttlefish. It was trying to look like part of a sponge it was on. So Cute!



With good vis, I can alway take fish pics. Here's two Copperbanded Butterflyfish.


Glad to see the Tiger-tailed Seahorse again!


and its cousin, the long black Pipefish that looks like a twig!



Came across this thingy.....I have no idea what is it! Could it be a Soft coral?



Quite a few Flatworms too!



And lots of nudibranch!!!....


A pair of Cuthona nudibranch (Cuthona sibogae)
was the first nudibranch sighting for the day. Looks like they were enjoying their lunch of Hydroids!


Not far from the pair above, was this Voodoo doll-like nudibranch, which could be a Bornella stellifer.


A tiny Tambja nudibranch (Tambja sp.) on the Bryopsis algae.


Another tiny nudibranch would be these Dermatobranchus nudibranch (Dermatobranchus sp.)


It has been sometimes since I saw a Ocellated nudibranch (Phyllidia ocellata).


Wah.....a fat and juicy looking Black-margined nudibranch (Glossodoris atromarginata).


The Reliable Chromodoris nudibranch (Chromodoris fidelis) looks like that they are in season as I saw at least 5 of them.


Last but not least, was this nudibranch that was found near the Seahorse sighting. Looks like a juvenile Bolland's Hypselodoris nudibranch (Hypselodoris cf. bollandi).

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