Pulau Hantu - A celebration of marine life

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

Monday, May 29, 2006

BWV ReefTalk: Jocara Indian Ocean Quest


Date: 3rd June 2006 (Sat)
Time: 3 to 4pm
Venue: The Programme Zone, library@Orchard
Speakers: Caroline Durville


In 2004, the Potter family set off on a one year expedition sailing their boat 'Jocara' around the Indian Ocean, visiting places like Krakatoa, Cocos Keeling, Zanzibar, Seychelles, Chagos and more. Come join Caroline as she shares some of her experiences, with images from above and underwater. Read the online diary of the whole voyage at www.jocara.net .

ReefExhibits will be there with their info booth & poster display of our amazing local marine life so come by early to check out! Free seating and standing space available. More info on BWV at http://www.bluewatervolunteers.org/. Enquiries are welcome, drop Dionne an email at reeftalk@bluewatervolunteers.org.

Friday, May 26, 2006

UPDATE: Project NOAH sunk

25 May, 2006 - The Singapore Environment Council (SEC) together with the Nature Society of Singapore (NSS) hosted a seminar this evening to brief concerned parties about the new status of Project NOAH, which was launched in April this year.

Nominated MP and President of NSS, Dr. Geh Min said that the Phase II coral relocation exercise intially mentioned at the press conference was hypothetical and dependent on the findings of the Phase I Census Survey. "Coral relocation is an emergency plan for coral due to be destroyed by government plans," she said, adding that "a defensive plan is not necessarily enough, though ideal."

Sydney Chew, now seemingly a non-party, reiterated that "NOAH was a concept".

When questioned by the floor, it was asserted that "Project NOAH" is no longer in existance. It's initial plans detailed in the April press conference are presently "suspended". Dr. Geh Min said there is "no need to call it NOAH anymore. She also explained that the principle of Phase II was to implement a method to "cope with increasing sedimentation" on our reefs.

The SEC has invited interest groups to "develop a good and convincing plan for the protection of marine areas." This was mentioned following a statement that no Blue Plan exists, and that there are no marine areas in Singapore that possess legal protection.

It is now apparent that what was formerly known as project NOAH, has moved beyond the project itself and Pulau Hantu. There was talk of a new formula for protecting marine areas in Singapore that involves all keen and active interest groups. The objective now is to redevelop a Blue Plan for Singapore waters, and achive legal protection for the islands marine areas.

Several other details were mentioned at the more than two hour meeting. Over the next few days, complementing material from the seminar will be made available on the web, so please stay updated with this Blog.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Hawksbill turtle hatchling rescue at East Coast Park


On May 23 (Tuesday) NParks was alerted by a member of the public at about 9pm - about turtle hatchlings crawling inshore and getting stuck in drains! Full Story

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Dolphin washes up at Marina South

Below is Zeehan Jaafar's account of the salavage that occured at Marina South on Sunday, 21 May:

"We arrived at about 8pm at Marina South and the tide was rising. The dolphin was fast being covered by the incoming tide. Dr Chua, Ashley and Jani Tanzil took photographs. The beak of the carcass caused it to be lodged amongst the rocks at the breakwater. It looked like a female carcass (1.8m from beak to tail) of the Indo Pacific Humpback Dolphin with a long longitudinal (down from forelimb to tail) laceration on its ventral (front) side. It was most likely hit by a boat propeller. It was also very decomposed, hardly any blubber or tissue left but not very smelly. We dislodged the beak and took more photos. The lower jaw was broken and all meat/tissue was already gone from the beak. Some ribs were jutting out of the frame and many superficial lacerations all over the body especially on the head (as pointed out by May Li) but these could be due to the carcass being tossed about by the waves. The initial plan was to salvage whatever we could especially tissue sample but the carcass was badly decomposed, probably more than a week and the tissue integrity would have been poor. In the event that the carcass is fresh, it would be a great opportunity to obtain tissue samples as RMBR is setting up a tissue bank."


Monday, May 22, 2006

Letter from a Hantu Blog diver!

Hi guys,

It was a wonderful experience last Sunday at Pulau Hantu. Weather was good, diving was an ease although the visibility was a real challenge... but Liyan and I were doing fine, stayed together without getting lost most of the while and we logged our longest dive of 1hr 26mins actual bottom time with me still having 60 bar of air left in my tank at the end... was feeling reluctant to surface... heh

Anyway, Liyan and Debby are excellent divers with exceptionally good eagle eyes who found many of the criters that i managed to capture on camera. Do visit my Dive blog to see them and hope to dive with you guys if there's opportunity. Thank you!!

Cheers

Weilong


Thank you Weilong for you encouraging letter! There's always another opportunity to dive with us! Infact, there's one every fortnight!

If you have dived with us and have something to share, please do not hesistate to email us!
We love hearing from you!

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Diver blogs about dive with Hantu Bloggers

Chayhoon is one of the people who joined us on our dive last weekend at Hantu.

She blogs about her experience at this iconic island, and shares some pictures such as this tigertail seahorse she photographed.

Check out her blog Colourful Clouds.

Monday, May 15, 2006

Blog Log May 14, 2006

At first it looked like it was going to storm with the strong winds and overcast sky, but when we turned around the Pulau Busing bend, things started to look more promising. Though the weather was great, there wasn't a single boat at Hantu when we arrived; a dive company turned up sometime in the afternoon just for its rescue course - it seems few go to Hantu esp. divers, for REAL recreation, to see what's there, instead of just use it's waters for the sake of "open water". That's where we come in and try our very best to showcase the hidden beauty of Hantu that is too often overlooked. Here's just a peek into what we enjoyed this weekend, the most of it was more of an experience!

Long-beaked butterfly fish

Nudibranch Casella atromarginata

Flabellina nudibranches

Icon Seastar

Another brilliantly coloured nudi on a hydriod

A HUGE Phyllidia seaslug

Tube worm condo: What's going on here! You'd think there's enough space fo everyone, but these 4 tube worms seem to like a squeeze!

A tiny nudi races across the reef.

Despite its size and name, Giant Gobies are relatively shy, often leaving in a cloud of slit when approached. This must be my first decent pix of one!

Two False-clown anemonefish.

And a pretty anemoneshrimp from 2 weeks ago. It felt good to have seen them again!

One of our divers, ChayHoon also photographed a seahorse! No one else saw it, so we hope to share her pix with you soon!