Diving with (once) extinct animals

Date January 25, 2018

Debby Ng: Joined NParks and Friends of Sisters Island Marine Park for the first BioBlitz of this year’s International Year of the Reef! There will be more BioBlitzes coming up soon, at islands and reefs all over Singapore, so stay tuned to see what we discover! Above: Nudibranch, Phyllodesmium serratum. All photographs © Toh Chay Hoon, 2018 Read the rest of this entry »

What’s Hidden In Singapore’s Urban Reefs?

Date January 15, 2018

Did you know that Singapore waters is home to over 200 species of hard coral, more than 400 species of fish – including seahorses (yes, sometimes people forget it’s a fish!), at least 250 species of sponges, and more than 50 species of hermit crabs?! Read the rest of this entry »

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 landscape with the passionate volunteers of Kelab Alami and Cicada Tree Eco-Place! Read the rest of this entry »

Diving with sea turtles

Date December 28, 2017

Did you know that there are sea turtles that call Singapore reefs home? They can be spotted feeding on our reefs in the day, or sleeping in a crevice during the night. They can hold their breath for up to 7 hours while resting or sleeping! Read the rest of this entry »

Thank you, from a living reef.

Date December 23, 2017

Nudibranch : (Tenellia) Trinchesia sibogae
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 Read the rest of this entry »

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 on their images to continue to discover our reefs, and they have really taken me on a journey. Each time I receive photographs from divers, I sit at my desktop, big smile on my face, eyes wide open, thrilled to share their discoveries. Sometimes, in the quiet of my room, I let out a big “WoOoW!” almost teary eyed, completely blown away by their discoveries. (Above: Doto greenamyeri, 2017 © Gina Tan)  Read the rest of this entry »

Talks at GIC Singapore

Date October 2, 2017

The Hantu Blog was recently invited to participate in an annual speaker series “Inspired by values” at GIC Singapore. I shared about our work to protect reefs in Singapore, and raise awareness amongst Singapore’s diving and non-diving community. One of the stories that moved the audience was of the reclamation of Terumbu Bayan, a large and beautiful reef that used to sit between Pulau Bukom and Pulau Hantu. One of the most important things that emerged from that incident, was the collaboration between local marine interest groups, JTC, and Shell. I also shared about how more dives and visits to our reefs and islands, only yielded more discoveries! In spite of the recent decades of rapid development, there was still much life in local waters. Our southern islands were visible from the 37th floor of Capitol Tower, so I’m hoping that when they gaze out their office windows in the future, they will contemplate the 1000s of wonderful creatures that call our ancient coral reefs home! Singapore waters are ALIVE! Read the rest of this entry »

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)
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Cats on Pulau Hantu (Part 2)

Date August 22, 2017

The Hantu Blog, together with the SPCA, Cat Welfare Society (CWS) and Singapore Land Authority (SLA) successfully trapped and removed four cats that were abandoned on Pulau Hantu. This is the second time we have responded to a public alert about stray cats on the island. The first such attempt to trap and remove cats from the island was in January 2016. It is necessary for the cats to be removed for their own welfare, and that of the wild animals and environment that they are in. Read the rest of this entry »

The Darker Side of Pulau Hantu

Date August 17, 2017


By Ann Tan: A lot of people say, that there is no difference between day and night dives at Pulau Hantu (because low daytime visibility makes day dives seem like night dives!), but I think otherwise. Pulau Hantu has its own unique critters of the night. I became obsessed with night dives at Pulau Hantu about 6 -7 years ago after seeing some critters I’d never seen during the day. Since then, I have seized every opportunity for a night dive at Pulau Hantu.

Tonight’s dive site was a little bit special. I had been to this site only during the day but never at night. I’d expected to see more active head-shield slugs (Cephalaspidae) and “Shaun the Sheep” (Costasiella sp.) as I had seen these during the day. Most of all, I was hoping to encounter critters that were even more rare, and unseen during the day.

On my first dive, I made a beeline for a green blade of algae where I’d last seen “Shaun”. The first leaf I found, there Usagi (i.e. Costasiella usagi) was. Read the rest of this entry »