Monday, September 12, 2011

The Air Is Better Underwater @ Pulau Semakau.....

Another reef survey trip by BWV ReefFriends yesterday morning. This time we surveyed the 2nd site at Pulau Semakau.

It was a hazy day, we could hardly see the nearby islands and there's a burning smell in the air. Haha.....that is why I think breathing compressed air underwater is much better and plus we had a comfortable visibility of about 3m!

As usual, I was recording the benthic at the deeper end. Here are some corals that I came across. Some were covered with Acoel Flatworms!

Another kind of Acoel Flatworm here. It was swimming when I saw it and here it was landing on my glove.

Allied Cowrie and a Solitary Hydroid.

An Eye-spotted Sea Cucumber.

A few of these Sandfish Sea Cucumber were seen.

Spotted this strange looking "lump" on one of the Sandfish Sea Cucumber. Mmmmm.....wonder what is it? Some kind of parasite?

There were lots of these tiny shell-like thingy littered on the seabed. They are Foraminifera. Each one is about 1-2mm big.

A few Nudibranch (top 1 to 4): Lined Chromodoris nudibranch(Chromodoris lineolata), Bullock nudibranch (Hypselodoris bullocki), Dermatobranchus nudibranch (Dermatobranchus sp.), Pimply Phyllid nudibranch (Phyllidiella pustulosa) and a Sap-sucking Slug(bottom)(likely Thuridilla gracilis)

A juvenile Batfish!

At the end of transect two, there were some fishing bubu and they looked like abandoned ones. Some of them had started to breakdown. But there's one that was still intact. Thus, with a pair of trusty scissors, I cut a hole and let the fish free!

After dealing with the bubu, I swam back to continue with my benthic recording and somehow I decided to take a look again at the inside of the bubu to see if all the fish have swum out. Just then, I saw a familiar shape inside and across the bubu!

It's a Frogfish! second time seeing one underwater locally!:p So with a little help, We relocated the Frogfish out of the bubu to a spot nearby. And here's the fish!

So Cuteee! :p

By the time I have finished my recording and swam back to the spot where I last left it, it had moved to a nearby coral.


Blogger Jeffrey said...

And my first time seeing a frogfish in local waters !! :D Wheeeee!!

September 13, 2011 2:28 PM  
Anonymous Genevieve Lim said...


WE are from TACTIC PR and we are doing publicity for National Geographic Channel.

National Geographic Explorer and host of Megafishes, Zeb Hogan would be coming down to Singapore for a seminar.

We would like you to participate in this not-to-be-missed opportunity and of the seminar's participants, 40 would be chosen to go on a special trail with Zeb Hogan to Pulau Semakau and view the special island through his eyes.

Do let me know if you would be interested and I will send you the information so that you can share on your blog with your readers!

Thank you so much.

Genevieve Lim

May 28, 2012 3:19 PM  

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