Monday, July 30, 2007

A Few Winks Lost For A Dive.....

Usually, after a pre-dawn intertidal trip, the next thing that I will do is to go to Dreamland. But not yesterday.

After a pre-dawn trip with the Sea Anemone Team to Pulau Sekudu, I chose to go for a dive with The Hantu Bloggers at Pulau Hantu of course. Why?.....Cos I have missed the last two trips and I am not going to make it a hat-trick.

We did two dives. First one was at the North Jetty and the second one at the West fringing reef. For the first dive, the vis was about 2m and under the jetty was a dim dim world. Cos we have a downpour just as we were making our first plunge into the water.

So what did we(Debby was my guide and buddy) see in this dim dim world? Here they are:

Sorry for the blurry pic (camera does not do well in low light situation and not to mention that the object was only about 3cm in length). But if you look carefully, there's a Cuttlefish in the center. Debby spotted it! Wow!

A big big Swimming crab in a defensive pose.

We were searching high and low for the nudibranch, Ceratosoma gracillimum, on jetty's pillars but couldn't find any. Instead, we found it on the seabed. This guy was about 15cm long.

We saw some fishes like the Six-Banded Angelfish, Copper-Banded Butterflyfish, Silver Moony and two Batfish.

The below footage is one of the two Batfish that we saw. It was in a dismantled old Bubu. You can see it swimming about. And I am not kidding that the brightness you see here is what we experienced during this dive under the jetty.

After we had ascended from the first dive, the rain stopped and we have a clear sky above us. After the surface interval, the boat proceed to the fringing reef on the west side of the island.

For the second dive, the vis was slightly better (about 3m) and so was the brightness. Upon descending, we came across this Icon Seastar on the seabed.

There's a white thingy on the Seastar and we wondered if it's a parasitic Sea Snail.

There's this beautiful Tube Anemone on the seabed too.

A tiny nudibranch, Pteraeolidia ianthina, at the base of a Sea Whip.

Further up on the reef slope, there were two nudibranch (Chromodoris lineolata). One big and one small ones. Here's the bigger fellow.

A big palm size Flatworm.

Juicy looking tentacles of a Mushroom coral.

Just as I was about to end the second dive, I found this cute juvenile Harlequin Sweetlips!

Overall, I would say it was worth to forgo few ZZZzzz. :o)


Blogger Wai said...

I'd say it's worth it too! Nice pics you've got there. :)

I'm currently looking for lobang so I can dive here (cheaply) and see what's there. Miss the water already! Especially warm water... sigh.

July 31, 2007 3:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Wai,

Thks! Hee... most pics are OOF and wrong WB lah.

Wish you good luck in your findings. do you need to dive in a dry suit or is a 7mm wet suit enough? :o)

July 31, 2007 9:29 PM  

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