Lembeh’s variety of critters never fails to disappoint, but this week the hype has been all about the nocturnal magic of the amazing night dives.
It’s a fact: some people love to night dive and some people don’t. But even the ones who don’t are still tempted into the mucky darkness of Lembeh’s night dives after hearing the stories from fellow divers at the dinner table, and are wowed by the critters of the night in the Strait. Guests who are new to diving in Lembeh often need some gentle persuasion to jump in for a night dive, but once they do one, they can’t bare to miss the others. Also lots of our return guests never fail to miss a night dive, and with good reason!
You can dive the same site twice – once during the day and again at night and think you’re on a totally different site. Night dives here reveal even more weird and wonderful creatures than the day dives, with the chance to see Stargazers, like this one photographed by Simo. These weird toothy fish bury themselves in the substrate and gaze up to watch for their next prey, with their mouth and eyes barely visible above the sand. They have a lure inside their mouths which they wiggle around much like a Frogfish to attract a prey, the also give off an electric shock and have venomous dorsal spines, so they have this scary appearance for a reason!
Another interesting creatures of Lembeh’s night dives is the Bobbit Worm. These three metre long brain-less, holographic looking worms are the underwater equivalent of a Venus fly trap, who immobilise their pray in a quick snap! We also regularly find Bobtail Squid in two colour variations who are very cute when using their arms to cover themselves in sand and rubble! Starry Night Octopus is a very special nocturnal creature whose velvet-red body shows glowing blue “lights” like a night sky, and like the name suggests these have only been observed at night time.
If you think you can see lots of crustaceans and cephalopods during the day here, you’ll be right, but even more come out to play at night. We see lots of Coconut Octopus, Long Armed Octopus, dancing Big- Fin Reef Squid, also hermit crabs, Sponge Crabs, Tozeuma Shrimp, Prawns, Marble Shrimp and many many more.
Still not convinced? OK, so the day time dives have been pretty awesome as well with Paddleflap Rhinopias, Denise, Pontohi and Bargibanti pygmy seahorses, Blue Ringed Octopus, Ornate and Robust Ghost Pipefish, Giant frogfish, Hairy Frogfish, Flamboyant Cuttlefish, Ambon Scorpionfish, Wunderpus and Harlequin Shrimp all being spotted on the dives this week.
But just for one last ditch attempt to convince the doubtful, we also saw a huge Guitar Shark on the night dive again this week. Our guests and the dive guide were so excited! So, go on – Try a night dive in Lembeh, just don’t leave it until the last night!