Sunday, November 26, 2006

26th November 2006 : Pulau Hantu

Out diving at Pulau Hantu with Ivy and HuiBing. Mission today is to try to find the Frogfish and also HuiBing's dive computer. Today vis at Hantu was only about 1m. It was quite crowded with people taking Open Water. Perhaps this also contributed to the low vis. However, we still managed to see quite a number of stuffs despite the 1m Vis.
In fact, it's a Molluscs Day! Slugs, Bivalves and Cephalopods!

Firstly, of course, the Slugs! Here's some of the Nudibranchs that we saw;

There's the gymneodoris alba (white body with orange spots), dermatobranchus sp (white body with some brown dots and brown rhinophores), tambja sp (dark green body with blue rhinophores and gills) and a chromodoris sinensis (white body with red rhinophores and gills).

Two Cuttlefish in a day! They are quite small (about 5-6cm long) and are very CUTE!

Here's a video of one from our first dive;

There's also two strange looking bivalves that I saw. There's this one with spines and another with beautiful patterns was found on a hydroid.

Of course, there's other stuffs like.....

A beautiful Flatworm!

BIG Filefishes. About 15cm long at least.

A Crab trying to hide...and an Ocellate Pipefish.

Sunday, November 19, 2006

19th November 2006 : Pulau Salu

I was back diving at Pulau Salu. Last time I was there, my old camera housing failed the diving test and flooded. Well, guess what? This time I have my torch flooded. :O( But this did not dampen my day because of the marvellous vis (The seabed can be seen from above the boat and it was 5 to 6m at least underwater).

Just look at the vis!

Lots of hard and soft coral!

Flatworms !

Then, there's a Filefish and Carpet Eel Blenny. Managed to see a Blue-spotted Fantail Stingray too (no pic though). In fact, I lost count to how many schools of fish I have encountered.

Lastly, my favourite Nudibranchs!

Came across the common ones like jorunna funerbris(They are always so CUTE!!!), Blue Dragon Nudibranch and phyllidia sp.

It's the phyllodesmium briareum again! The last time that I have seen this nudibranch was at Pulau Hantu in May this year.

And TWO lovely Emma! Hypselodoris emma that is.

Totally enjoyed this morning dive, even though there was a strong current to fight against during the second dive. :O) I hoped that next time when I come back to this reefs, there will be no more flooding.