As you heard on a previous blog we have been extremely busy recently and we are continuing to be be busy as everyone is flocking to come and see the critters that have been on display!!
The Blue-Ringed Octopus has been seen many times over the last three weeks – we normally average 2-3 sightings a month but we have seen 4 on one dive alone and also probably 8-10 other sightings in the space of two weeks. They are a favourite due to their rare nature and also the fact that they are one of the most venomous creatures on the planet!
Another regular has been the Pygmy Pipehorse – they are very hard to get a photo of as they take after their distant relative – Seahorses – and love to turn away as soon as you get them in focus. They are a relatively new discovery and are not seen in many places in the world. We have also seen the Hairy Ghost Pipefish which is not a regular sighting!
Don’t worry all the other critters are been seen as well – Flamboyant Cuttlefish and Frogfish are frequently seen as are the Mimic Octopus, beautiful Nudibranchs, Pygmy Seahorse and crazy-eyed Mantis Shrimps!!
We have also continued to have more people come to Lembeh to start or continue their dive education. Congratulations to Elodie on gaining her Open Water, Maria, Miguel and Bethune for completing their Digital Underwater Photography Specialty ( Bethune also completed his Night Diver Specialty) and Linda completed her Advanced Open Water course, which included an awesome dive on the Mawali Wreck!
If you are coming to Two Fish soon, then we are looking forward to having you stay!
Last night they had a party in our beach cafe to celebrate, the picture here is early on as they are still standing up!
Joining them in the celebration was Philippa who just passed her Divemaster!
(In picture are Philippa, Luke, Sam, Dion, Meagan and Course Director Brendon).
Congratulations to the four new instructors and new divemaster!
Robin just finished his open water course and I decided to tag along on a couple of fun dives he did with one of our dive guides – thanks Robin for being my buddy!
Cheers – Nigel
Pictured here are Luke, Meagan, Dion, Brendon (Course Director) & Sam. They are currently attending the Instructor Exam in Manado on Tuesday 7 Sept, we wish them good luck!
A favourite part of our job is sitting with the guests and looking over their photos and talking about what they have seen during their day (or night) of diving.
In order to get ‘The Shot’ you need to often be in the right place at the right time and Ricardo’s photo of the Lizardfish devouring his lunch is one of those such photos! This is one of my favourite guest photos ever!
The Coconut octopus (Octopus marginatus) are often seen in the Lembeh Straits and cause much amusement to divers as they make use of anything they can find to ‘hide’ in! This one stuck to a couple of shells he found on the bottom! You usually find them in in shallow water in areas of sand, mud and rubble. It is active during the night. It typically has a dark colour pattern when exposed, contrasting with its snow-white suckers as you can see here!
Bobtail Squid (Euprymna berryi) are the real cuties! We often find them at night half buried in the sand or rubble bottoms of the Straits. It uses its triangular fins to bury itself into the substrate and its arms to cover itself with sand grains.
Thank you again to Ricardo for these pictures and we hope you come back soon to take some more!!