Pulau Hantu - A celebration of marine life

Secret lives and secret worlds hidden in Singapore's most popular coral reef.

Sunday, May 23, 2004

Bubus and Sea Snake at Hantu

The Hantu Bloggers released fish from two bubus (fish traps) in in the reefs of Pulau Hantu on Saturday morning. The two fish traps measuring apx. 1.5 by 2 meters in length were certainly discarded traps but they were not dysfunctional.

The first bubu on the westward fringe reef contained six banded angelfish, malabar grouper, a small school of yellow and blueback fusiliers and a red breasted maori wrasse. The second held blue spotted ray, and an unidentified species of catfish. The second bubu was at a 2m depth on the western submerged reef.

While working around the submerged reef, we had two amazing encounters with a banded sea snake and an unidentified eel. While the snake was small, apx. 1.6m in length, it felt confident enough to let us follow it around the reef as it searched for prey. An incredible and awesome, as well as educational, experience for the divers. The eel was a shy creature, but we managed to get pix and are currently trying to ID it. In a later post, this was identified to be a Yellow-lipped Krait, Laticauda colubrina.

Unidentified eel