Monday, October 12, 2009

Nice Checkout Dive @ Mainland Singapore.....

Was invited by Debby of The Hantu Bloggers to do a checkout dive at a mainland site yesterday. Quite impressed by the stuffs that we saw in this kind of man-made structures environment.

So here what we came across;

Lots of Soft Coral!

Sea Fans are in abundance here!

So are the many types of Sea Squirt and Ascidians!

Hard Corals growing on the structures are mostly the size of a saucer plate if not slightly bigger. this a Corallimorph?

Lots of fishes too. Some swimming in the open while some hiding among the crevices. (Top-down : Kite Butterflyfish, Yellow Pipefish, Scorpionfish and False Scorpionfish)

Couple of Sea Cucumbers.

On the seabed, Gong Gong can be spotted.

Palm-sized Flatworms were seen too.

We didn't see any nudibranch during the first dive. But we came across two kinds during the second dive. Top one is the Black-margined nudibranch (Glossodoris atromarginata) and the bottom one is a pair of Many-lined Chromodoris nudibranch (Chromodoris lineolata).

Last but not least, the highlight for me would be this little Basket Star (I think)! It would be my second time seeing one and my first one underwater!


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