As some of you may know, since arriving at Two Fish Divers we have been planning and developing ideas for our building an artificial reef on our house reef and we have finally had some time to build the first of the structures and get them into the water!!
From our time here in Lembeh, we have seen that car tyres make an excellent hide-out for various kinds of shrimps to hang out in and so therefore attract other creatures such as Moray eels and Lionfish who fancy a good clean from the shrimps!! So we brought in a few old tyres and got to work on building some structures that would stay in position once we had transferred them to the water by roping them together.
When placing artificial structures into the water it is important to construct something that has plenty of crevices that allow creatures to hide from predators. Also by using rope to tie the tyres together, it also provides a great material for sponges to grow on. As you can see Scubi was eager to lend a helping hand as well but his knot-tying abilities weren’t really up to scratch!!
We’ll report again once we have placed the structures on to the House Reef!!
Yesterday’s night dive really was a trip to Crabsville…..
Luckily our guests had their cameras at the ready to get a shot of this decorator crab (yes, it really is a crab and not a piece of walking coral).
Our dive guides love the challenge of finding the strangest critters they possibly can – the smaller and weirder the better, such as the tiny spider crabs. They also spotted a miniscule bobtail cuttlefish, a very well camouflaged scorpion fish and a sponge crab or two. The sponge crab is so called because it cuts off a large piece of sponge and wears it as a hat, to disguise itself on the reef. We’re not sure what happened to the sponge crab in the photo below as he’s totally naked….guess we must have caught him in the middle of a costume- change!
The night-life of Bunaken is truly world famous…..not for its international club scene, but for its crazy nocturnal aquatic creatures!
On dive 2 at Barracuda 2, there were crazy nudibranchs a plenty and various eels, including this ribbon eel and white mouthed moray.
After a hearty lunch on the boat, we dived at Tinongko and came across a baby white tip reef shark, nestled in a ledge on the wall. Sweet.
On the way home we were escorted by a pod of pilot whales! Just goes to show, a trip to Barracuda Point is a great day out even without the barracuda!
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!!