Andrea had previously been diving in other places in Asia but started her first trip to Indonesia with a two week stay with Two Fish Divers Lembeh before then heading off to enjoy some diving in Manado. She thoroughly enjoyed her time with us and definitely got the bug of critter hunting and muck diving – she is already planning her return visit to us next year! When she arrived Andrea had a new camera but she quickly got to grips with and managed to get some excellent shots that has shared with us. Here are some of my favourites.
A real rarity in the Critter world is the Rhinopias, which is a type of Scorpionfish. Here in Lembeh we have occasional sightings of the Weedy Rhinopias (Rhinopias frondosa). You will mainly see these guys alone but if you are really lucky then you will them paired up with a Paddle Flap Rhinopias. They tend to live in coral rubble or hide amongst some hard corals. Once they find an area that they like they tend to stay in that area for months and even years! This fella is seen at the same dive site for months at a time!
Another occasional sighting is the Giant Frogfish (Antennarius commersoni), we tend to see lots of his smaller ‘cousins’ but seeing a Giant is always a treat!
They like to sit on large sponges and you’ll find them in positions that do not look comfortable but offers great camouflage so that they can sit, wait and launch a surprise ambush on whatever fish they decide will be dinner! You can also see them sitting amongst corals on reef so keep an eye out on all of our dive sites!
Whenever i swim past a bubble coral I always have a look to see if there is an Organutan Crab or lovely Bubble Coral Shirmp (Stegopontonia commensalis ) hiding in there. As you can see from the photograph, you can see that most of its body is transparent with the exception of its purple appendages and also a line that runs through the centre of its body.
Thank you again Andrea for letting us use these photographs and we look forward to seeing you again next year.
If you would like to see more Andrea’s photos then please follow this link to her online blog www.andreaonline.de and you can read her write-up of her stay in North Sulawesi!