Entries Categorized as 'Biology'

Singapore's First Crowd-sourced Nature Documentary

Date August 10, 2012

A community project based on the contributions of Singapore’s naturalist community, this documentary explores a simple question that Singaporeans often ask – “Singapore got wildlife, meh?” and sheds some light on the amazing animals found in Singapore, from the elusive common palm civet to the elegant blue-spotted fantail ray.

Baby Seahorse & Invisible Octopus

Date August 2, 2012

Low visibility conditions continue to keep the reefs of Pulau Hantu in the shadow, that is, until our volunteers show up to shed some light! Divers reported “good diving” over the last weekend of July, and understandably so – we haven’t seen seahorses in quite awhile. Though they are known to be common on our […]

Anemone City

Date July 29, 2012

If anyone’s looking for Nemo, he’s in Anemone City – a reef slope along one of Singapore’s patch reefs with a huge cluster of anemones!

Sedimentation on Pulau Hantu Reef Slope

Date July 29, 2012

In the previous post, we shared how a section of Hantu Island’s reef slope has succumbed to the impact of sedimentation. Just three years ago, this part of the reef was alive with Goniopora coral, as the picture below shows. Today it is covered in silt, algae and strings of mucous from the stressed corals, […]

Close-up on Pulau Hantu

Date July 8, 2012

Hantu Blog volunteer and underwater photographer Jimmy Goh, who recently had his pictures published in the book Habitat’s in Harmony, gives us a close-up perspective of Pulau Hantu’s macro fauna, beginning with the beautiful sea slug above.

The Hantu Blog Celebrates World Turtle Day!

Date May 24, 2012

Did you know that adult sea turtles are sometimes sighted near our Southern Islands? And that sea turtles are known to come to Singapore to lay their eggs? Yes! There have been several incidents of baby sea turtles hatching on our shores, including East Coast Park! Today, May 23rd is World Turtle Day! And here […]

Public Perception on Dolphins in Captivity

Date April 9, 2012

A recent survey on the perceptions of Singaporeans on the captivity of dolphins has revealed that at least 60% of people surveyed were in support of dolphins in captivity. This is extremely interesting as it has important repercussions on how we proceed with public education in Singapore. To know more, please see attached poster. I […]

First dive of 2012: Catching up with old friends

Date January 16, 2012

Phyllidia ocellata, a species of sea slug, a dorid nudibranch, a shell-less marine gastropod mollusk in the family Phyllidiidae. When the tropical storm blew across the island on Saturday night, divers laid in their beds, quietly contemplating the conditions that we’d face out at sea on Sunday morning. The rain had stopped by the morning, […]

Green, Mean, Awesome Machines of the Sea!

Date December 3, 2011

Marine biologist Siti M. Yaacub will be giving a talk about sea grasses at the National Geographic Store at VivoCity next Saturday, 10 December, at 2.30PM. Seagrass meadows are one of the most productive ecosystems on earth but ask around and chances are, no one knows what they are! Are they algae? Are they seaweed? […]

Fish Fatale!

Date November 6, 2011

It looks unassuming, but this is one potent fish! I almost missed this squat and grumpy-looking Hollow-cheeked stonefish as it blended seamlessly with its silty, algae-encrusted surroundings, but as I swam over it, I managed to catch it at just the right angle to pick out the shape of its upturned mouth and spiny dorsal […]