|Pulau Hantu looks tiny compared to its refinery neighbour, Pulau Bukom.|
Image from Google earth.
Legend has it that the two islands were formed as two Malay warriors died here while having a fierce battle at sea, with one warrior of smaller size than the other. Their battle was interfered by the sea spirit, whose action was felt strongly against by the gods. Thus, the sea spirit transformed the two warriors into islets so that their spirits can continue to live on them.
The other version about Pulau Hantu that I had heard of is about the community of fishing owls living on this island where it used to be a fishing village. The Malays refer owl as Burung Hantu. Pulau Hantu is now under the management of Southern Islands Development of Sentosa Development Corporation.
There are no public ferry servicing Pulau Hantu so the only way to get to the island is to negotiate and arrange for ferry service from one of the ferry companies located at West Coast Pier.
This morning, we were blessed with great sunrise from the ferry we were on.
|Sunrise on the way to Pulau Hantu.|
Right outside the lagoon, there was a healthy colony of acropora corals (Acropora sp.)
|Feather star 1|
|Feather star 2|
|Fluted giant clam, taken in May 2013|
|Same fluted giant clam, taken on this trip|
The tape seagrass (Enhalus acoroides) looks good in the lagoon and some even had fruits.
|Fruit of tape seagrass|
Alas, in all things good about Pulau Hantu, an abandoned driftnet was spotted closer to the lagoon opening during an guided intertidal walk last week. Read more on my previous post here.
So part of today's trip is to help remove the driftnet towards the end of the trip. While checking the driftnet, Nicole spotted a crab tangled in the net. The poor crab has lost both pincers and quite a number of its legs when we found it. The team came across more animals trapped in the driftnet later. Luckily, we came prepared with scissors to free tangled animals.
|Freeing the crab|
Unfortunately, it was rather upsetting that the next morning, new driftnets were seen to be laid at the opening of the lagoon.
|Two fishermen with a blue dinghy laying out the driftnet. |
Another net has already been laid further back.
It was a great day of work on the intertidal shore of Pulau Hantu.
The next morning, I joined a group of divers in exploring the subtidal area of Pulau Hantu. We had a great time with many pretty nudibranch, anemones, flatworms, sea stars, corals and many other marine animals. Who says Singapore has no marine life?
Here are some photos taken by me.
|Volcano nudibranch (Hypselodoris krakatoa)|
|Small icon seastar|
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