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07 Jun / 2010
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Builiding Fish Homes! 5-15-2010 2-45-39 PM 5-15-2010 2-46-06 PM

So after the successful ‘planting’ of the cleaning stations, we started on the next phase of our artificial reef – building of fish houses.  We chose a nice sunny day and grabbed our mound of bricks and started to design the ‘main’ fish house. We use traditional batako ( bricks) for the bottom and top layer of the house – this gives the house a decent weight so that it stays in position in the water. By using the ‘holey bricks’, we have created hide-outs for shrimps and little fish to live in.

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As you can see from the photos Gizmo and Opo worked hard cementing all the bricks together and after just an hour or so (and a couple of disagreements!) you could really see the house starting to take shape.

 

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Finally after a bit more hard graft and then a few days of allow the cement to fully dry,  the finished article ( below) is ready to go into the water. Once the structure is in place we are also going to attached rope with small floats onto the houses to add extra height and also provide more surface area for algae, sponge and coral to attach onto and grow on. Keep an eye out for the next blog detailing the hard work of getting this structure into the water – that will definitely be a team effort!!

 

 

 

 

07 Jun / 2010
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Lovenia ElongataThis week in Bunaken something we haven’t seen here before was found. Luckily one of our divers, Sebastien from Brussels, had his camera with him. Coming from the Sea Urchin family, Sebastien found a Lovenia Elongata (long-spined heart urchin). It just goes to show that even our local dive guides who have been diving the walls of Bunaken for years, can still be surprised and see something new.

Sebastien was kind enough to share some of his other favourite photos with us, including a picture perfect Moorish Idol who are normally difficult to catch on camera, for the critter lovers a Halgerda Batangas Nudibranch, and a favourite for everyone of an Ornate Ghost Pipefish.

Thank you for your stay with us and come again soon for some more discoveries.

05 Jun / 2010
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Tec briefing

Tec entry

In mid-May we welcomed back Brendon, our Course Director, for another high season in Bunaken. He is conducting a couple if IDC’s and leading our effort to discover the depths of Bunaken with Tec diving.

The Tec Diving season kicked off with 2 guests completing their PADI Tec Diver course last week. Thijs & Daan are two instructors from Lanta Divers, Koh lanta, Thailand who decided to celebrate the end of their work season with a Tec course and Tec fun-dives to explore the walls of Bunaken to 50m+.

Following the re-development of PADI’s Tec courses, we now offer three Tec courses – Tec 40, Tec 45 and Tec 50. Each of these are 3 day/4 dive courses that introduce divers to advanced diving techniques to 40m, 45m and 50m, and Bunaken is perfect for this with spectacular scenery, 40m viz and more sharks at depths!

Find our more about Tec fun-diving on Bunaken and Tec Diving courses, and watch our for more Tec blogs as we explore more of what Bunaken can offer at the deeper depths.

05 Jun / 2010
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Tec briefing

Tec entry

In mid-May we welcomed back Brendon, our Course Director, for another high season in Bunaken. He is conducting a couple if IDC’s and leading our effort to discover the depths of Bunaken with Tec diving.

The Tec Diving season kicked off with 2 guests completing their PADI Tec Diver course last week. Thijs & Daan are two instructors from Lanta Divers, Koh lanta, Thailand who decided to celebrate the end of their work season with a Tec course and Tec fun-dives to explore the walls of Bunaken to 50m+.

Following the re-development of PADI’s Tec courses, we now offer three Tec courses – Tec 40, Tec 45 and Tec 50. Each of these are 3 day/4 dive courses that introduce divers to advanced diving techniques to 40m, 45m and 50m, and Bunaken is perfect for this with spectacular scenery, 40m viz and more sharks at depths!

Watch our for more Tec blogs as we explore more of what Bunaken can offer at the deeper depths.

03 Jun / 2010
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After a quite noisy night due to a huge storm that blew over Lembeh Straits last night  ( the thunder was so loud it rattled the bungalows!!) everyone got onto the dive boat looking a little bit sleepy this morning!!  As we headed away from the resort, IMG_2170the sun started to peek out from behind the clouds and as we arrived at the dive site we were greeted with crystal clear water ( well very clear for Lembeh!!)  so we kitted up quickly and back-rolled in! 

As we descended down we came across a Gorgonian fan with 6 little pygmy seahorses on it! I was already pretty impressed with the dive! As we continued descending down to around 22m we met Peacock Mantis Shrimps, pipefish, beautiful nudibranchs and a pair of Robust Ghost Pipefish but as we were watching them Opo and Man ( our Two  Guides for the morning) shook their rattles to get our attention and after a minute of staring at this tiny frogfish I realized the significance of the find!! We had come across a Randall’s Frogfish, one of the rarest critters we can find here on the Lembeh Strait!

Antennarius randalli  are found on sandy or rubble bottoms and maybe hIMG_2174 v1iding in a soft drinks can or beer bottle! They tend to be found alone and their color can vary immensely from white to yellow to brown or black in order to match their surroundings.   It can be distinguished from other frogfish species by a series of small white spots on its body and pectoral fins as you can see from the picture on the right.

Thanks so much to Liz Ward for these great photos that really show off the spots and capturing one of the best and most special finds I’ve experienced!!


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