Sunday, October 22, 2006

21st October 2006 : Pulau Hantu

On Deepavali Day, I was invited by Debby of The Hantu Bloggers to a special dive at Pulau Hantu. And we got a chance to dive the reefs near the Southern Jetty and Northern Jetty of Pulau Hantu instead of the regular Western reefs. The vis was wonderful! About 8m at the depth of 15m and it was still very bright at the Southern Jetty and 4-5m at the depth of 9m for Northern Jetty. The Festival of Lights indeed!

Look at the VIS!!! So Good!!!

In additional to the good vis, There's a lot of stuffs too!

Nudibranchs! So many today!

The big white one with yellow rhinophores is a phyllidia sp. Of course, there's the Blue Dragon Nudibranch. The one that has a batik pattern body with orange projections is bornella anguilla (1st time seeing it!). There's a lot of the tambja sp (yellow with blue rhinophores and gills one) and cuthona sibogae (purple body and yellow projections) today too. I then saw the dermatobranchus sp (white body with some brown dots and brown rhinophores) again. And I finally got a pic of a small jorunna funebris (White with black polka-dots)

Then it's Flatworms Galore! So pretty!

With such good vis, who can miss out the fishes!

There's the giant goby and two Six-banded Anglefish!

The Icon Seastars and a baby Mushroom coral.

Sunday, October 15, 2006

15th October 2006 : Pulau Hantu

This morning dive with The Hantu Bloggers at Pulau Hantu was wonderful! And WOW! Pulau Hantu never fail to amaze me once again.

Look at the Vis.....a good 3-4m.

It's a Slugfest! So many Nudibranch spotted today. Here are some tiny (the biggest is about 2cm) and big ones.

The yellow spotted one is a gymnodoris sp. and the one hanging on the edge is a dermatobranchus sp The yellow one with blue rhinophores and gills could be a tambja sp. And the red and white one is a first sighting for me at Pulau Hantu which is a chromodoris fidelis. There's also a tiny jorunna funebris but no pic for it. And of course, there's the usual Blue Dragon Nudibranch and also lots of phyllidia.

Other than Nudibranchs, there's also the fishes, fanworms and a crab.

A very very good dive today I must say. And looking forwards to another good dive!