Entries Categorized as 'Blog Log'

When a Gymnodoris loses its spots

Date March 3, 2019

Toh Chay Hoon is a veteran of Singapore waters, and is crazy about nudibranchs. She recently visited the fringing reefs of Pulau Hantu Besar (Big island), “Had two good dives on Sunday! Visibility was about 2m.” She exclaims enthusiastically. Above: Favorinus sp. on calcareous algae. All photos (C) Toh Chay Hoon, 2019.

The Turtle and the Parrotfish

Date January 30, 2019

Hantu Blogger, Joel Santiago, was looking for a spot to do a safety stop at the end of a night dive when he noticed a huge parrotfish resting at the foot of the reef. He thought to himself, “That’s got to be the highlight of this dive!” As spontaneously as that thought had precipitated, his […]

World Oceans Day Singapore – A Plastic Nightmare

Date June 25, 2018

By Aidan Mock: This month we celebrate World Oceans Day! The focus of this year’s World Oceans Day was to inspire action to prevent plastic pollution and encourage solutions for a healthy ocean. In this post, we highlight the scale of plastic pollution in Singapore, feature the activities organised by marine organisations in Singapore to celebrate the […]

Hantu Blog – 15 years of coral reef outreach and education in Singapore

Date June 17, 2018

By Aidan Mock: The Hantu Blog celebrates its 15th Anniversary this year with – but of course – a dive at Pulau Hantu! Many creatures were spotted during the dive, demonstrating that there is still much biodiversity to be found. Highlights from the dive (and a quick walk down memory lane) after the jump!

Coral Rebirth on Satumu reef

Date April 23, 2018

Early this month, Hantu-blog contributor Chay Hoon was fortunate enough to witness and capture a rare event within the Singapore marine ecosystem – mass coral spawning. This mass reproductive event occurs once a year and is difficult to precisely predict. Marine biologists in Singapore have been observing local reefs for over a decade to narrow […]

Fabulous cuttlefish and flying dragons

Date April 13, 2018

By Aidan Mock – Last month, regular Hantu blog diver, Toh Chay Hoon, took another trip to the Hantu reefs and photographed a fascinating array of creatures. In this article, we share some of the beautiful things she saw on the reef! (Photos courtesy of Chay Hoon)

Malaysia’s Largest Seagrass Bed

Date January 1, 2018

By Lim Lay Beng: The Johor Strait is widely known for its major shipping lines and the largest business port in Malaysia. Less known to public are the diverse marine habitats and the wonderful marine biodiversity in the surrounding waters. I made a day trip to Mukim Tanjung Kupang in Johor to discover this beautiful […]

Thank you, from a living reef.

Date December 23, 2017

Did you visit Pulau Hantu this year? If you did, THANK YOU! Your love, adoration, curiosity, and most of all, your VOICE is what gives Pulau Hantu the life and recognition she needs to remain a part of our national heritage. Above: Nudibranch, Trinchesia sibogae

Singapore’s under-rated reefs

Date November 5, 2017

By Debby Ng: I don’t get to dive Singapore waters as often as I used to since I returned to university to work on a degree (one more year left!). However, I’ve not had to lose touch with our reefs because of the troves of photographers that enthusiastically visit our reefs every weekend. I rely […]

Night dives at Pulau Hantu

Date October 1, 2017

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)