All the animals at Hantu came out to celebrate Hantu's first anniversary and commemorative anniversary dive! Make sure you have enough bandwidth for this! Cos' we're talking LOTS of pictures!
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Company made the experience all the more special. Regulars and first-timers celebrated the event and all the specials that were to come...
Leather jacket.. Check out the vis!
School of BIG spotted rabbit fish! Each individual was at least a good 30cm in size!
Then there was a school of Silver Moony, but they were too fast and this is the only picture I have of them... or of the one that was swimming a little slower... can u see it? Beyond the coral in the blue?
Pinnate Batfish.. don't worry, it's not caught in a Bubu ;)
Arrowhead Crab! Thanks to Wai Meng for spotting this! Absolutely well camouflaged I never would've noticed it!
Then Wai Meng went on a roll, spotting this Tigertail Seahourse. Excellent stuff!
Those great animals concluded our explorations on the Northeast fringe. Due to changing currents we moved over to the Western patch, fringe and sandbars and BOY! Was it no mistake...
This cool little sea slug was no more than 2cm in length! But it's a real beauty! And we'd never seen one like that before!
Then there was this Toadfish, hideous as hell, with a face only a mother could love. Maybe that's why it's so shy and not too happy with its picture being taken. A beautiful fish none-the-less, great spot by Keith! A first for the Hantu Bloggers!
Dusk into Night dive...
A test to see and a miracle to notice! These tiny nudibranchs Doto Bella inhabit the stems of giant hydroids at Hantu.
How cool is this? A little baby reef cuttlefish. Well, more like a teenager, this very friendly, curious or simply tolerant fella let me get within less than a foot of itself to steal this picture.
When I was in Manado, there was a pipefish I noticed always hung around coralline algae. That's because it looked like coralline algae. An exquisite animal I found unlike any other pipefish, it was almost god-sent that on this anniversary dusk dive, I spotted for the first time, Winged Pipefish (Halicampus macrorhynchus) at Hantu. This was only a baby tho', with its "wings" just developing. Outstanding.
As dusk turned into night, and we had to surface and leave this great island... a huge creature was lurking in the silted depths in search of dinner...
This hawksbill turtle, with a back speckled with barnacles certainly looked an old creature. Tho' it was just stark in front of me, and it was tempting as hell to touch it, this old fella garnered too much respect and awe for me to dare infringe. The reason why I've only got this shot of the turtle, and not all of it was simply bcos it was too big. With a carapace length of over 1.2m, this giant turtle I suspect to be a migrant, but wished might be a resident. This was a first turtle for Paul, who I'm sure is excitedly scratching notes of it into his log book. I was completely hysterical.
Jeff's group also saw a Seasnake and what we think is eel-tailed catfish, and Keith and Leong met up with a Nurse Shark.
There's only one way to make another day top this... DIVE SOMEMORE!