Entries from September 2011

Fire at Shell’s Pulau Bukom Site

Date September 30, 2011

The video above was released on Wednesday, 28 September. More explosions occurred at noon on Thursday, 29 September. Read the rest of this entry »

Silver Moonies at Singapore’s Pulau Hantu

Date September 30, 2011

Silver Moonies school in estuaries and near freshwater streams, in harbours and near jetties. Some species are inhabit brackish waters and may even swim far up into freshwater systems. They are also known as Diamond fish and Silver batfish, but they are not batfish. They are also sometimes confused with Pomfrets. We encountered this school [...]

Fire at Shell Refinery on Pulau Bukom

Date September 29, 2011

Royal Dutch Shell’s Bukom refinery is located a mere two kilometers from Pulau Hantu. Some 250 Shell employees have been evacuated and at least 100 firefighters are working on site. The plant is Shell’s largest refinery, producing half-a-million barrels-a-day. It has halted tanker loading and shut down a diesel-making unit as it struggles to contain [...]

Fire at Shell Refinery on Pulau Bukom

Date September 29, 2011

Royal Dutch Shell’s Bukom refinery is located a mere two kilometers from Pulau Hantu. Some 250 Shell employees have been evacuated and at least 100 firefighters are working on site. The plant is Shell’s largest refinery, producing half-a-million barrels-a-day. It has halted tanker loading and shut down a diesel-making unit as it struggles to contain [...]

Snakey bornella feeding on hydoids

Date September 29, 2011

A Snakey bornella (Bornella anguilla) chows down on some hydroids, a plant-like organism related to jellyfish. Though plant-like, hydroids are actually carnivorous animals. Each nudibranch species usually specializes in one or few species of hydoid. Though hydoids are venomous, this doesn’t bother the nudibranch. It does not digest the nematocysts (stinging cells); instead, it uses [...]

Shrimp goby and commensal shimp

Date September 28, 2011

There were two commensal shrimp in this burrow but only one was captured during the length of this video. As the fish was skittish and I didn’t have all day, I hovered quite a distance away from this burrow so they the fish and shrimp could keep doing what they do without too much disturbance. [...]

Another slow F1 weekend at Hantu

Date September 25, 2011

Octopus, two handfuls of Snakey bornella nudibranches, schools of Yellow stripe scad, rabbitfish, fusillers, batfish, and Silver moonies. A weekend of diving at Pulau Hantu had everyone surfacing with smiles and many pictures!

Fire at Shell’s Pulau Bukom Site

Date September 20, 2011

The video above was released on Wednesday, 28 September. More explosions occurred at noon on Thursday, 29 September. Why did the fire flare up again? According to Shell, the affected area “has lengths of pipelines and connected pumps, and holds a mix of hydrocarbons”. The pipes are no longer in use but still contain fuel, [...]

Fancy Intertidal Walks

Date September 7, 2011

The fancy and expensive real estate on Sentosa Island hasn’t deterred these critters from setting up home along its shores! Last Saturday night I left my dive gear dry again as I set out on foot and a shirt (as opposed to a wetsuit) so explore the life that exists along the edge of Singapore.