Entries from October 2013

Return of the Devil

Date October 28, 2013

It’s been almost a decade since I last saw one of these at Pulau Hantu. At first glance, it looks like any ordinary scorpionfish. Well, actually, at first glance it looks like sand, but upon closer inspection, one would be able to make out a fish. This stealthy and venomous predator is known commonly as [...]

Sharks in Singapore Waters!

Date October 23, 2013

During our dive at Pulau Hantu over the weekend, we were lucky to encounter a young pair of what we believe to be Brown-banded bamboo sharks Chiloscyllium punctatum. Four other species of bamboo shark have been recorded to occur in Singapore, the grey bamboo shark (Chiloscyllium griseum), Hasselt’s bamboo shark (Chiloscyllium hasselti), white-spotted bamboo shark [...]

Clear Waters and a Crib for Sharks

Date October 21, 2013

Divers at Pulau Hantu enjoyed outstanding underwater visibility over the weekend. It was rather disorienting. We’re much used to figuring out where we are half a meter at a time, and now all of a sudden we had to compute four meters of landscape at a go. It was a real challenge, but we got [...]

Coral Relocation and Oil Slick Response

Date October 9, 2013

On 8 October 2013, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) invited the Hantu Blog, and several other stakeholders including International Coastal Cleanup Singapore (ICCS), Nature Society of Singapore (NSS), National Parks Board (NParks), Singapore Environment Council (SEC), Singapore Underwater Federation (SUF), to meet and discuss the developments of Tuas Port and potential impact [...]

The Least Remote Reef

Date October 6, 2013

Mathieu Meur has been photographing the underwater world for over 20 years. On his photo blog, he writes, “I’m fortunate to dive some of the nicest, and sometimes most remote, corners of our planet.” Among his list of dive sites that include Micronesia and Costa Rica, is our humble little city reef, Pulau Hantu.