Sunday, January 23, 2011

2011 First Dive @ Pulau Hantu.....

This morning, I joined The Hantu Bloggers for their first Pulau Hantu dive in year 2011. Just yesterday evening, I was on the island with Ria and the group for a intertidal walk. See some of their blog posts here, here and here.

The visibility was about 1-2m. But if you go slow and look carefully, you can still get to see stuff even in this poor vis! So what did we see at the deeper end of Pulau Hantu today?

Icon Sea Star!

Lots of Crinoid/Featherstar of course!

A Flatworm that can be commonly sighted in our waters!

Talking about worm, here's part of the long feeding proboscis from a Bootlace Worm!

At 10m depth, came across this Seahorse. Probably a Tiger-tailed Seahorse.

Can you see anything in the pic? No? Yes?.....In the center of the pic is a small Cuttlefish! See the eyes?! So Cuteeee!

One of the highlights for today would be this Allied Cowrie on the soft coral! Pretty isn't it?

These Gymnodoris nudibranch (Gymnodoris sp.) look like they are in season!

Here's another one with a Blue Dragon nudibranch (Pteraeolidia ianthina) crossing its path.

A small little Polka-dot nudibranch (Jorunna funebris).

A tiny Dermatobranchus nudibranch (Dermatobranchus sp.) performing a disappearing act! :p

Found this Reliable Chromodoris nudibranch (Chromodoris fidelis) on the seabed.

Lastly, probably a Furtive Thorunna nudibranch (Thorunna furtiva). First time seeing it at Pulau Hantu for me!