Entries Categorized as 'Blog Log'

Waiting for a Coral Spawning

Date April 10, 2021

There are a few special times of the year, when the phases of the moon and tides align to trigger a global marine underwater phenomenon called mass coral spawning. I witnessed my first mass coral spawning in 2003. It was also at Pulau Satumu, also known as Raffles Lighthouse. We camped on the island in […]

Eagle Rays in Singapore Seas

Date November 9, 2020

“Where was this?” were the first questions from members of the public that appeared in my message box after I posted the above video on social media. Followed by, “what were they doing here?” Seeing the five rays swim in formation along the seawall at Labrador Park didn’t so much as surprise me. Rather, it […]

Favourite moments from 2019

Date December 1, 2019

What makes Pulau Hantu special? “It is an island with dive sites situated right next to a very busy city such as Singapore,” shares diver Veronica Alcantara, who did her first dive in Singapore at Pulau Hantu. “On 19 May 2018,” she remembers exactly. “I have dived at Pulau Hantu 63 times since. I haven’t […]

Cryptics, Mimics and Camouflage

Date July 29, 2019

She looked down and saw “so many fishes!” Singapore’s relentless nudibranch hunter (armed only with a camera and a pair of superhuman eyes) spent a weekend with the reefs of Pulau Hantu and saw many creatures, great and small! Some where “pretending” to be something they are not, many were hiding, and others sat right […]

Great Expectations

Date July 9, 2019

Hearing about our volunteer, Nicholas Chew’s, experience of a coral spawning dive reminded me of Jane Goodall’s story about watching a hen lay an egg. Photos by Nicholas Chew.

Reef Walker

Date May 27, 2019

Nudibranch enthusiast Toh Chay Hoon, has been diving and walking Singapore reefs for over a decade. The two ways of discovering our reef offer very different perspectives, and an opportunity to encounter different wildlife! Creatures that live in the intertidal zone (and that includes coral) have to be able to tolerate fresh water better than […]

Singapore Reefs In A New Light

Date May 13, 2019

In ultraviolet or in darkness, corals have many amazing surprises to reveal when we find new ways to look at them. Hantu Blog volunteers gathered to visit our reefs on this particular weekend for the chance to observe one of natures wild and natural wonders – mass coral spawning. Observing this natural phenomenon demands tremendous […]

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 […]