Cara Tobie stayed with us here at Two Fish Lembeh for two weeks during March and April. She has sent in the awesome photos to prove that you can take some great pictures ‘just’ with a small ‘point and shoot’ camera.
Another example of some ‘strange’ behaviour here in the Lembeh Strait, is this
Emperor Shrimp catching a ride on the back of this Ceratosoma tenue. This is a commensalistic relationship – the shrimp gets a free ride and protection predators will stay away from the toxic nudibranch and the nudibranch isn’t affected in any way by its presence. It is thought that the shrimp does earn ‘its ride’ by removing any small parasites from the nudibranch. Another great image!
Thank you again Cara for sending these through, it was great having you stay with us!
Again a huge thanks to our volunteers that helped with our Clean-Up on Earth Day 2010. As you can see from the links below, Project Aware also really appreciated your efforts and so decided to put us in the spotlight!!
Long time friend and fan of Two Fish Divers Steve Childs recently enjoyed another 3 week stint here in the Lembeh Strait with us. Even though his primary interest is cataloguing the many weird and wonderful Nudibranchs and Flabellina we have here in the Straits, he still enjoyed encounters with the other critters we have here especially the Octopi!
We have spent many dives searching for the elusive Blue Ringed Octopus (Genus Hapalochlaena) but on this dive at Critter Hunt, we struck gold! Steve enjoyed some time alone with him but kept a safe enough distance to keep away from that highly venomous bite!! It is hard to believe that something so small, is one the of the deadliest things on the planet! Click on this link to view his video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zQz62wYzE30
In a previous blog, you may remember the mention about the giant Mimic Octopus(Thaumoctopus mimicus) that was spotted recently. Sem and Steve found this guy in the shallows at Aer Prang. As you can see from the footage – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dvz5rYixLMk – the octopus is constantly changing his shape and colour. What we found most fascinating is the section where the Mimic is swimming towards the surface, these creatures spend most of their time hiding in the sand checking out its surroundings so seeing one displaying this type of behavior would appear very unusual!
Thanks Steve so much for the links! If anyone else has videos they would like to share then please upload them and send me the link or contact me for Two Fish You Tube account details – firstname.lastname@example.org
Thankfully our two Open Water students, Seo from Korea and Gabor from Hungary, both appreciate what lucky people they are to have had such a stunning ‘swimming pool’ skills session today. During confined skills 4 and 5, they encountered no less than 3 seahorses, 3 flounders, 2 puffer fish, a tiny frogfish and a pigmy pipehorse! Now that’s pretty amazing for any dive anywhere…. but for a ‘POOL’?! Sure beats cold chlorinated water and other people’s old elastaplasts!
Recent guests Jim, Soo and Darian couldn’t wait to get back into the water when they arrived at Two Fish Divers Lembeh so after quickly unpacking their bags and eating a quick snack, they headed out onto our House Reef for a night dive!
Unfortunately the guys were unable to get a photo of the cuttlefish but Jim is going to search through his footage to see if he managed to get a good clip of him on film so that we can identify him! Darien managed to get us a nice photo of this Pleurbranchus forskalii.
This large nudibranch can grow to be to 200mm. They tend to mainly come out at night . They tend to be spotted in sandy and rubble areas, hence we can find them in Lembeh!
They enjoyed it so much, the next night they went in again and encountered numerous octopus, scorpionfish and nudibranchs!
Jim also sent us a clip of the video that he made from the dives on the Two Fish Lembeh House Reef. Check it out at:
Thanks again to Darien from Singapore again for this lovely photo and to Jim Wong for the video!!