Sunday, June 28, 2009

Black-tipped Reef Shark @ Pulau Hantu.....

But unfortunately it was a dead one on a hook. :o(

We were out with The Hantu Bloggers at Pulau Hantu for their monthly dive this morning. We have just finished our first dive at the North jetty and were about to leave when someone shouted "Hey that man got a shark!"

Upon a closer look, the father of the family who was fishing earlier at the jetty has caught a Black-tipped Reef Shark in the lagoon.

Looks like a juvenile. Sadly, the shark was already dead when we saw it. Or else, we would try to persuade him to have it release back into the water.

It was rather sad to see such a beautiful animal died. On the other hand, also telling us that our reefs seen capable of supporting a top predator. Hopefully there are more Black-tipped out there and hope to see them alive in the water.

Apart from this sad encounter, we still get to see some stuffs during our two dives despite the poor vis of 1m.

A big Crinoid/Featherstar was seen on the shallow end.

You can't missed out an Icon Sea star even with a 1m vis as they were littered on the seabed in numbers

Ever since I was "Stingrayed", I seen to come across these guys very frequently nowadays. Here's a Blue-spotted Fantail Stingray.

A piece of moving sponge! Haha.....actually, there's a crab underneath the sponge. It's a Sponge Crab!

Saw two Cuttlefish! One giant and another much much smaller.

A Sap-sucking Sea Slug. Looks like Thuridilla gracilis

Haha.....and of course, Nudibranch!

The very common Blue Dragon Nudibranch (Pteraeolidia ianthina).


the Phyllidiella nudibranch (Phyllidiella sp.)

Big fat juicy looking Slender Ceratosoma nudibranch (Ceratosoma gracillimum)

and a Hypselodoris nudibranch (Hypselodoris sp.)

An Onyx cowry. Seen them more often during intertidal trips rather than underwater.

An Allied cowry on an Orange Sea Fan.

Whereas, one can find the Saw-toothed Shrimp on Sea Whips.

Here's a closer look at it!

There's another kind of Shrimp on the Sea Whips

A closer look at it too!

Also observed that some corals are bleaching.

Hopefully it will recover.


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