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Tue 15 Mar 2005

"Pulau Hantu - A celebration of marine life" is one year old!

Category : marine

On 15th March 2004 in a restaurant in Holland Village, Debby Ng tentatively typed out the words of her first entry into a new blog that had just been setup. She wrote, "How I felt last Sunday."

The blog was called "Pulau Hantu - A celebration of marine life" in response to the enthusiasm she expressed over the marine life she saw during her recent dive and the dismay she felt when she realised none of it was protected for the long-term. Using Blogger it took just minutes, and after a few more entries were posted, it was announced on Habitatnews. The blog later had face lift in May 2004, after new templates became available.

As she wrote more, she reached out to divers via Finsonline which supports her efforts. Some divers responded quickly, having held these views for years, and contributed entries but many more joined her dives at Hantu to discover the reefs there for themselves. Before it got unmangeable, a fruitful meeting at ADEX (April 2004) led to Seahounds Scuba stepping forward to operate the dive trips.

As Debby and other photographers started putting up photos (go take look, its simply wonderful!), they also began sharing records with scientists studying the marine fauna of the region - some records were rare and others, new!

Seahounds Scuba in the meantime became PADI's first National Geographic Centre and Debby completed her divemaster certification to help support her role in these dives.

The new domain name, pulauhantu.org and logo adopted this year has helped in public education efforts and brochures were printed for distribution at the Raffles Museum and other exhibition or talk venues. In January this year, Debby went on air to talk about the blog on News Radio 93.8FM (mp3 available) and started giving talks a month later.

At the next exhibition or talk, catch Debby and Blue Water Volunteers and WildSingapore, all drawn together in the common objective of raising awareness about the marine heritage beckoning at our doorstep in the southern islands of Singapore.

The Pulau Hantu blog recently announced collaborations on two more projects - the Earth Day Kranji mangrove cleanup and the Giant Clam restoration project (with TMSI).

It's been a fruitful year, and it all started with just a short post to a newly setup blog, a few days after diving at Pulau Hantu. Congatulations Hantu bloggers!

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