Entries Categorized as 'Biology'

Singapore’s Seahorses – Sex, soup and sleep

Date August 4, 2018

By Aidan Mock: When I first started conducting research for this article, I googled ‘Singapore seahorse’ to get a feel on whether Singaporeans associated this noble sea steed more with the oceans or with traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). However, it came to my surprise that the top hits were related to neither option . Instead, it […]

The Sharks of Singapore

Date July 19, 2018

If you were to mention ‘Singapore sharks’ to the average person on the street, the most likely response that you would get would be ‘…fin soup’. And then, depending on the environmental awareness of the respondent, either a heavy sigh or a licking of the lips. However, few Singaporeans know that Singapore has real live […]

Singapore’s own Crush and Squirt

Date June 4, 2018

By Aidan Mock: Reflecting on World Turtle Day, I recall two memorable characters from my childhood, Crush and Squirt – the chilled-out turtles from Finding Nemo and Finding Dory. The turtles in the movie were plying the east coast of Australia, but did you know that the hippie turtles depicted in the movie have friends that […]

Nudibranchs – What on earth are they?

Date March 14, 2018

By Aidan Mock: As a diver, I have long wondered what exactly nudibranchs are. They are one of the more commonly sighted creatures on the Hantu reefs and come in an amazing array of colours, shapes, and sizes, but I’ve never really see them doing anything. I decided to spend some time investigating these creatures and […]

All That Wrapper

Date December 27, 2016

Wrappers are pretty – that’s the idea. They are intended to attract, mesmerise, and evoke a sense of allure. But once we are done with them, we crush them up and toss them aside. In spite of its evocative potential, a pretty piece of wrapper, is alas, benign. But not these. These are wrappers of […]

Celebrating 12 Years of Outreach with 12 Nudis (and a crab)

Date April 6, 2015

It’s that time of the year again when SCUBA divers in Singapore get to spend an entire day out at sea, uncovering Singapore’s magical marine mysteries! We do this once a year (that is, overdose on diving at Pulau Hantu) to celebrate the efforts of our dedicated and passionate volunteers, who have been reaching out […]

Fang Blenny's Glass House

Date January 21, 2014

Variable fang blennies Petroscirtes variabilis are small elongated fishes that can be encountered in coral reefs of Singapore’s Southern Islands. Apart from discarded glass bottles, they have also been found making their homes within the shells of large snails. Watch this video as the blenny leaves its bottle, makes an about-turn, and swims back into […]

Cryptic Critters on Whips, Crinoids, and in the Dirt

Date June 7, 2013

Not only are we on an expedition, we’re on an expedition in really turbid waters. Losing your buddy is a given. But you won’t be able to do any work at all if you lose your equipment. So the less things you have to focus on getting a grip on, the better. In an attempt […]

A Macro Look at Macro Life

Date June 6, 2013

If you love taking a closer look at life on the reef, you’ll love diving in Singapore. Though we do get surprised by some mega fauna every now and then – we’ve had schools of batfish, barracuda, and Silver moonies – to authentically enjoy Pulau Hantu’s reefs, we have to marvel at the impressive diversity […]

Pinna, Porifera, and Pseudobiceros' Penises

Date May 13, 2013

I’ve always thought these Blue-lined flatworms (Pseudoceros sp.) get their Latin name Pseudo- “not genuine” and Ceros- “horn” because they do not have “true horns”, that is, feelers. Those pinches at the top of their bodies that serve as sensory organs similar to antennae. Then I started getting confused because there is another genus of […]