Talks at GIC Singapore

Date October 2, 2017

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The Hantu Blog was recently invited to participate in an annual speaker series “Inspired by values” at GIC Singapore. I shared about our work to protect reefs in Singapore, and raise awareness amongst Singapore’s diving and non-diving community. One of the stories that moved the audience was of the reclamation of Terumbu Bayan, a large and beautiful reef that used to sit between Pulau Bukom and Pulau Hantu. One of the most important things that emerged from that incident, was the collaboration between local marine interest groups, JTC, and Shell. I also shared about how more dives and visits to our reefs and islands, only yielded more discoveries! In spite of the recent decades of rapid development, there was still much life in local waters. Our southern islands were visible from the 37th floor of Capitol Tower, so I’m hoping that when they gaze out their office windows in the future, they will contemplate the 1000s of wonderful creatures that call our ancient coral reefs home! Singapore waters are ALIVE! Read the rest of this entry »

Night dives at Pulau Hantu

Date October 1, 2017

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Pulau Hantu has been buzzing with life after dark, and we don’t just mean with critters, but with divers! With the approach of the monsoon season improving underwater visibility, troves of enthusiastic macro life photographers have been combing our reefs for signs of brilliant life! Photographs courtesy of Toh Chay Hoon (Above: bobtail squid)
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Cats on Pulau Hantu (Part 2)

Date August 22, 2017

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The Hantu Blog, together with the SPCA, Cat Welfare Society (CWS) and Singapore Land Authority (SLA) successfully trapped and removed four cats that were abandoned on Pulau Hantu. This is the second time we have responded to a public alert about stray cats on the island. The first such attempt to trap and remove cats from the island was in January 2016. It is necessary for the cats to be removed for their own welfare, and that of the wild animals and environment that they are in. Read the rest of this entry »

The Darker Side of Pulau Hantu

Date August 17, 2017

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By Ann Tan: A lot of people say, that there is no difference between day and night dives at Pulau Hantu (because low daytime visibility makes day dives seem like night dives!), but I think otherwise. Pulau Hantu has its own unique critters of the night. I became obsessed with night dives at Pulau Hantu about 6 -7 years ago after seeing some critters I’d never seen during the day. Since then, I have seized every opportunity for a night dive at Pulau Hantu.

Tonight’s dive site was a little bit special. I had been to this site only during the day but never at night. I’d expected to see more active head-shield slugs (Cephalaspidae) and “Shaun the Sheep” (Costasiella sp.) as I had seen these during the day. Most of all, I was hoping to encounter critters that were even more rare, and unseen during the day.

On my first dive, I made a beeline for a green blade of algae where I’d last seen “Shaun”. The first leaf I found, there Usagi (i.e. Costasiella usagi) was. Read the rest of this entry »

Threatened and Vulnerable in Singapore

Date July 24, 2017

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Singapore reefs may be small but they are not insignificant! A weekend visit to the island of Pulau Hantu shows that local reefs are home to some of our planets’ most endangered and vulnerable animals!
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Mating Pygmy Squids

Date May 27, 2017

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How to tell baby squid from pygmy squid? Pygmy squid mate, baby squid don’t (or so we think anyway). Marine biologist Dr. Jeffrey Low was leading a reef survey dive for Hantu Blog volunteers when he had what he claims to be one of his best dives at Pulau Hantu!
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One of nature’s most spectacular events

Date April 24, 2017

By Gina Tan: The sky is dark and I hear thunder in the background. I wait enthusiastically for the divers from NParks to arrive before we can head out to Pulau Satumu. Today, 17th April 2017 is going to be a very special day for me; it’s my once in a lifetime opportunity to experience coral spawning in Singapore waters! We board the boat, and I sigh a quiet relief as I watch the thunderclouds move inland; this means we can go ahead with our dives!

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We Celebrate 14 Years of Bringing You Closer to Singapore Reefs

Date March 26, 2017

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The Hantu blog celebrated its 14th anniversary last week. What better celebration than a couple dives at our beloved island! It was a beautiful sunny day, and we were blessed with a (relatively) fine 5m of visibility. Conditions were unusually calm, rendering the water surface smooth like glass. We got to the western seawall during low tide, and I decided to see what was in store for me on the deeper sandy bottom. By Nicholas Chew Read the rest of this entry »

A Backyard Dive into Resilience

Date February 27, 2017

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By Galen Mandez – An hour is all it takes to wake up, wash up, have a coffee, pop my gear into the boot and make my way down to the marina where our dive boat awaits. It’s a diving Sunday and a strange relief for someone much more accustomed to an eight-hour journey to Tioman.

It’s my first familiarisation dive with the Hantu Blog Divers and the weather is perfect as seven eager
divers pull out from the Marina and make the 30-minute journey to Hantu. Read the rest of this entry »

Tambja Tambja everywhere!

Date February 20, 2017

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There was a Tambja explosion at Pulau Hantu this weekend. Not literally. But there were lots of them! They offered a nice spot of colour to the reef, and we never get bored of looking at them! Some were squished up like the one above… Read the rest of this entry »