Our critter corner explores Mola Mola: We saw 7 Manta’s and 5 Mola Mola in one day in Lembongan, so we thought we would find out Just what is a Mola Mola?
On the conservation front, Shark Savers are doing amazing work in their Campaign to Stop Shark Fin Soup.
Weekly round-up: we just found two new Rhinopias in Lembeh, we are finding lots of pontohi in Bunaken, and the Mola Molas are still around in Lembongan.
Some great Blue Ringed Octopus action once again on the same dive as these gorgeous Harlequin Shrimp! Another excellent round of night dives turning up Starry Night Octopus, Stargazers and Bobbit Worms, plus during the day: Hairy Frogfish, Flamboyant Cuttlefish, four species of Pygmy Seahorse, Colemans Shrimp, Mimic Octopus… Oh, and two new Rhinopias!! (Yes, TWO!). Thanks to Volker for the great photo of the Harlequin Shrimp.
We have had some rain this week but have had another typical diving week with pontohi seahorses, ornate and halameda ghostpipefish, candy crab, pygmy pipefish, ribbon eels and leaf and devil scorpionfish; and larger stuff including dogtooth tuna and eagle rays. We have also had a rescue course, an advanced course & a few open water courses.
On the DM Intern side, we lost Sara & Tim to Lembongan to continue their DM course, and Steven has taken over being a great help as he continues with his DM course. Happy diving everyone from Two Fish Divers in Bunaken!!
(thanks to Eric for the great photo of a Candy Crab)
We had some Elegant squat lobster, Pink squat lobster, Porcelain, Anemone, Decorator, Swimmer and Ourang outang crabs, Nudibranch, Blue ring octopus, Giant and Warty frogfish, White, Pink, Brawn and Yellow leaf scorpionfish, Stonefish, Pipefish. But we had as well big stuff : Tutles, Bamboo sharks, Tuna, Great barracuda, Giant trevally, many mantas and the Mola Mola are still around – we had a magic day with 7 Mantas and 5 Mola Mola!!!
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This week we saw 5 Mola Mola on 1 dive in Lembongan so I thought that I would find out what a Mola Mola is, and the first thing I discovered is that the Mola Mola is the heaviest bony fish in the world!! (sharks and rays can be heavier, but they’re cartilaginous fish).
The Mola Mola, or ocean sunfish, resembles a big floating blob, and the adult has an average weight of 1,000 kg and is 180cm long (250cm fin to fin).
We like Shark Savers and we think that you should too. We just received their 2013 end-of-year summary, here is an extract about their Campaign to Stop Shark Fin Soup.