Sunday, May 23, 2010

Cuttlefish Day @ Pulau Hantu.....

Out diving with The Hantu Bloggers at Pulau Hantu this morning again! The weather was good and vis was about 3-4m!

It's Cuttlefish day for me as I came across at least 4 of them today! Vary in sizes.....from golf ball size to fist size and to size equal to a loaf of bread!

We did both dive at the jetty.

Here's a school of Sliver Moonies that can be seen among the jetty pillars.

Can you see a fish in the photo? It is a Flathead. It is well camouflaged and tried to bury itself underneath the sand.

While trying to take pics of this Tiger tail Seahorse, one of my fins got entangled with some fishing lines.....but luckily it just need a simply pull to free the line. Wished the fishermen could be more considerate and responsible not to anyhow discard their fishing lines! The lines are not only danger the divers but also damaged the fragile corals and sometimes kill marine creatures!

Couple of Sea Pens were seen at the deeper end of the jetty.

A Thorny Sea Cucumber with its feeding tentacles out.

A few big Cushion Stars were seen too!

Beside some Cave Corals, a little cute Icon Sea Star "waved" hello.

Found a Basket Star on a Sea Fan. First time coming across one at Pulau Hantu while diving. We have seen one before inside the lagoon during a intertidal trip.

Besides Basket Star, Allied Cowries can be seen on Sea Fans and Sea Whips too!

Only Flatworm I came across. Pretty electric blue margin.

Lastly, the Nudibranch!

The commonly seen Blue Dragon Nudibranch (Pteraeolidia ianthina).

An Eyed Phyllid nudibranch (Phyllidia ocellata).

The Godzilla! It's a Slender Ceratosoma nudibranch (Ceratosoma gracillimum).

A tiny tiny Nudibranch about 5mm. Looks like a Dermatobranchus nudibranch (Dermatobranchus sp.).

A Lined chromodoris nudibranch (Chromodoris lineolata) was crawling along the substrate against the currents.

Most of the Snakey Bornella nudibranch (Bornella anguilla) that I came across were all busy eating their Hydroid lunch.

Its cousin, the Starry Mouthed/Voodoo Doll nudibranch (Bornella stellifer) was feeding too.

Here's an unknown Bornella species (Bornella sp.) who was too feeding away.

A pair of Ornate Cadlinella nudibranch (Cadlinella ornatissima) was seen. Not in the mating position, so perhaps they were also having their lunch of sponge?


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