October really was a fantastic month here for diving with Two Fish Divers in the Lembeh Strait (well every month is fantastic here!!). One of the standout sightings for us was the Mototi Octopus (Octopus mototi), pictured here on the left. (We also saw him last night on the night dive as well.)
This is a solitary species, which can be found on sandy/rubble bottoms hiding in some of the garbage that can be strewn on some of our dives sites, such as cans or glass bottles. The identification of the Mototi is by a pair of bright blue rings behind its head and it takes on a orangey colour whilst at rest.
When it is on the move as the picture to the right shows, the Mototi Octopus displays brown and white stripes. This rare find is also quite a poisonous find so be careful when you come across one!!
Thank you to Thea for these photos, we are very jealous of this sighting as we were either in the office or in bed with a high fever when this beauty was seen!
In late September / October we had Bent Christensen come and stay with for the second time this year – a true Lembeh addict!
The reason for his visit was mostly fun – trying to get in as many dives as possible in 14 days but he also wanted to spend more time looking at the tongue-eating parasites that he had found living the mouths of certain types of anemone fish on his first trip to Lembeh in 2010. What he found definitely made it a worthwhile trip.
Bent spent many minutes underwater fending off attacks from crazed Saddleback Anemone fish and saw that as high as 90% of fish on one carpet anemone can have this parasite. They have also been seen in the Spinecheek and Clarks Anemone fish as well. A trip to the local fish market with one of our cooks was also an interesting experience as he had most people in the market looking into fish mouths and managed to find a couple of the isopods still alive in the mouths of a couple of goatfish!
We are really looking forward to hearing more about this from Bent. Bent is quite a talented underwater photographer as you can see from the photo above, if you would like to see more of his photographs from his recent stay, please just follow this link: http://www.pbase.com/borneobent/lembeh
Next time you are diving, if you see an Anemone fish try and get close and see if there is a little isopod staring back at you!! Let us know if you find these crazy critters anywhere else in the world!
Here is a picture of her Ghost pipefish, check out more of Sharon’s photo’s from Bunaken.
Thanks Sharon for her pictures!
We love Night Dives here at Two Fish Divers Lembeh and we were eager to go out and see what was hiding out on our house reef. Usually we go out around 6pm for night dives but we decided to see what comes out to play later on.
After allowing our dinner to settle, we kitted up and walked into the house reef with our torches on and submerged ourselves into the darkness.
We headed straight down to the area where we have started to develop an artificial reef ( how to come on this soon!) to see what hangs around there later at night. We came across a huge Spanish Dancer which most have been at least 40-50cm long and at least 15cm wide!! It was so large, Bent (one of the guests who decided to come with us!) couldn’t get the whole thing into one picture! We were out there again the night before last and we are glad to say that this huge beauty is still hanging around out there.
We also saw plenty of Cleaner Shrimps, Boxer Shrimp and Commensal shrimp as well as different types of crabs, squid, moray eels and a large Banded Snake Eel what was out of his hole hunting!
More good news is that we have seen mating Manadarinfish again in the stag horn corals on our house reef. It
If anyone has any photos of some of the cool critters that they saw on a night dive here in Lembeh, then please send it through to us @ firstname.lastname@example.org and we get it posted for everyone to see!