Yesterday we said goodbye to our Divemaster Interns, Nick & Zina. They were with us for 7 weeks doing their internships that consisted of Rescue courses in Bunaken, specialities courses in Lembeh (wreck, deep, night, nitrox and search & recovery), and divemaster courses in Bunaken.
We gave them our traditional DM send-off on the last night – the dreaded snorkel-test where they have to drink beer through a snorkel whilst demonstrating a skill. Hard to do but VERY funny to watch!! Zina even got Jan involved, he is our new DM internship and it will be his turn in 4 weeks!!
During their stay with us they spent alot of time helping with other courses as part of their internship, and we will miss them. Thanks also for all your help & hard work, and good luck with your instructor courses in Jan!
As you will have read in previous blogs, we have been seeing a large number of Octopodes ( the correct plural of Octopus or so I have been told!) over the last few months and one that has been a regular fixture on our sighting list as been the Blue-Ringed Octopus (Hapalochlaena sp.) . All these sightings have made us and our guests extremely happy as they are normally very rare!
The Blue Ringed Octopodes are normally solitary creatures but some of our guests were lucky enough to see a couple of them mating – see the picture to the right. The larger one is obviously enjoying it – look at the size of his rings!! Thanks to Vicky for sending us this photo.
It is amazing the amount of people who do not realise how venomous this critter is – its bite can kill humans! Don’t get too close when trying to take its picture! The blue rings become more obvious when the octopus is agitated or feeling threatened, it is its way of saying ‘Back Off’.
Keep an eye out for later blogs on some of the other Octopodes that we see here in Lembeh.
Fire Urchins are plentiful in Lembeh and are often act as a host to small shrimps, Zebra Crabs and Emperor Snapper. Try not to get too close to one of these, their venomous spines intense pain if you get one stuck into you.
This ‘cute’ critter is the Stargrazer. Found on sandy bottoms, it is only spotted as its goggle-like eyes and mouth full of teeth protrude from the sediment, with the rest of the body buried. They are quite a hard find so most of our customers are very happy when we spot one for them!
Thank you Juanma for sending these photos through and if anyone else would like to check out more of his photos then please follow this link: http://www.juanmaorta.com/en/galleries/5566/
Marcel and Jack first planned to come and stay with us in April this year but a volcano erupting in Iceland meant that trip had to be delayed to till the summer
Marcel really enjoyed Lembeh for the fact that the conditions are so good for underwater photographers and he wanted to send through and share a couple of his favourites.
The Bigfin Reef Squid (Sepiotheutis lessoniana ) are a pretty common species, who you can often find in shallow coastal waters. During the day if you see them - they are often hanging around mooring lines, where they tend to lay their eggs. On night dives you will often encounter plenty of these squid as they like to come and play around in your torch or focus light!
Very little is known about the tiny Tiger Shrimp ( Phyllognathia ceratophthalma ) as they are very rarely seen, even here in the critter heavy waters of the Lembeh Straits! They only grow to about 2cm in lengeth. The colouring is quite distinct, so when you have found them hiding in some rubble you can’t mistake them for anything else!
To see more of Marcel’s photos, please visit his homepage: http://members.quicknet.nl/m.out