From google map, Pulau Hantu is located on the south-west after Pulau Bukom. The whole Hantu Island is form by two islets: Pulau Hantu Besar (Big Ghost Island) and Pulau Hantu Kechil (Little Ghost Island). Hantu Besar is located on the West and Kechil on the East of the island. In between Hantu Besar and Kechil is the big Hantu lagoon.
Apart from the yearly intertidal checks done a team of shore explorers, the Hantu Bloggers conduct regular dive session on the reefs of Hantu. Regular updates on the reef health can be seen through their website.
The Hantu Kechil jetty lies in front of the Southern coastline of Pulau Bukom. In the low light, heavy rain, bright lightnings and loud thunder, the infrastructures on Bukom Island are lit with lights that looks like Christmas lights.
|Background: Pulau Bukom|
Foreground: Pulau Hantu Kechil Jetty
|Murky water on the reef.|
While walk down from the jetty to the shore, there were a few young mangrove plants rooted on the high shore and there were already leaves growing.
|Young mangrove plant|
|Underside view reveals the stomach sticking out through its mouth|
On one patch of tape seagrass, I found a starry flatworm (Pseudobiceros stellae) moving on a grass blade.
|Overview of the toadfish|
|Closeup near its head|
|Closeup of the spangled emperor|
|Seagrass sea hare|
|Smaller seagrass sea hare following behind|
|Side view, showing details on its head|
|An attempt to get a good profile of the seahorse|
Nicole found a hyperactive cuttlefish, which we took quite some time to get it to stay still. Eventually, it settled down near by booties as seen in this video.
In the reefy area, I only see one giant carpet anemone (Stichodactyla gigantea). Suspicious movement on the tentacles indicates the presence of the false clown anemonefish (Amphiprion ocellaris) and there were at least 3 of them in this giant anemone.
|Only body seen|
|Only tail seen|
|A jet of water|
|Flower crab in trap 2|
|two traps gathered|
|Chicken feet as bait|
That's the end of the evening trips for this month. December is going to be a very busy month for me with work attachments at Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research and my advance diving course at Lembeh Resort. Wait... I am suppose to be on school holiday like my students.
Well... anything involving marine biodiversity excites me!
More posts about this trip:
Ria Tan - Night of 'Nemos' at Pulau Hantu