A day out with Terry Gosliner

Date October 21, 2009

Coming through Singapore for one day only, en route to the Indonesian archipelago for an expedition, Terry Gosliner, author of books like “Indo Pacific Nudibranchs and Sea Slugs”, and “Coral Reef Animals of the Indo-Pacific: Animal Life from Africa to Hawaii Exclusive of the Vertebrates”, wriggled out of his busy schedule for just 4 hours out at sea with the Hantu Bloggers. (Above: Damselfish dart about the reef crest)
Terrence Gosliner & Toh Chay Hoon
Nudibranch enthusiast and Blog volunteer Chay Hoon tagged along to ask some questions about her fave marine creature, but also found the time to get her book autographed by the Curator of the California Academy of Sciences (Above).

It was a rough time to do any diving as the tide was outgoing and it was sweeping even the fish all over the place. The three of us separated once, then decided to explore the reef flat along the seawall and it was just fabulous. Once I put my face underwater, I saw two seahorses (Bottom) and a pipefish under me. The schools of fish blasting past me, fighting the current. There was also a pair of Crocodile fish that scooted off before I could manage a picture. However, I did manage to take some photos and pictures of a school of Razorfish (Above). These fish swim upside down and their movement in the water resembles blades of seagrass. They are also laterally flattened so all they have to do is turn either their belly or dorsal fin towards me and they seem to disappear from view! Amazing.
Tigertail seahorse
To see more pix from this dive visit the Hantu Blog Gallery

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