It has been a few weeks since letting you all know what’s been happening here at Two Fish Divers Lembeh.
We have continued to enjoy teaching – Lucy completed her Open Water and Advanced Course and Greg, Andrea and Meagan all completing their Advanced Open Water Course with us as well. We enjoyed great night dives and completed the Wreck Adventure Dive on the Kapal Indah wreck which home to some cool pink and purple Pygmy Seahorse, Batfish and a range of lovely Nudibranchs!
We have also been seeing a few critters that haven’t made an appearance for a while and they all seem to be hairy..! One of the coolest things we have seen was the Hairy Octopus which is extremely rare and had Gizmo our resort manager screaming with joy when he surfaced! This little critter is solitary and is usually found on a rubble bottom as he was on the photo here. The colour can range from white to cream to brown to red, either with a pattern of spots or not. From looking at it is easy to see why people mistake them for an Orangutan Crab or sea weed!
Also seen this week as well Hairy Ghost Pipefish and Hairy Frogfish. Non-Hairy critters have included Blue Ringed Octopus, Giant Frogfish, Painted and Warty Frogfish, Flamboyant Cuttlefish, Stargrazers and more!
It is going to be a busy time for the rest of October but keep an eye for updates on the critters that we will be seeing!
This guy was not scared of the divers and came within 2m of them, but still hard to photo as he didn;t stop gliding!
Their blue-rings are only shown when they are agitated, they show them as a warning to keep away. Naturally everyone stays away – they may be small by their venom is lethal. If they bit you then you have about 2mins to live which is not promising if you are 20m down on a dive! There is no anti-venom and, despite their small size, it is thought that they can carry enough venom to kill 26 adult humans within minutes. Wow!
Come to Two Fish Divers Lembeh and complete a course that you can not do anywhere else in the world (well at the moment!) – Yes you heard me right! Here at Two Fish Lembeh we have written and will be teaching our very own Muck Diver Specialty course!
If you have never been Muck Diving then this is the course for you, we’ll give you an introduction to Muck Diving and what it entails and then over a couple of dives teach about good diving techniques that would be favourable for you to use in Muck Diving areas and also an introduction to Critter Identification which is all important when diving here in Lembeh – knowing where and how to find the critters is extremely important!!
Also along the way we can give you tips and pointers on how to make the most of your dive experience.
Peter and Sebastian from Germany have just spent 18 days with us at Two Fish and did a little more than just diving. Both from University Landau in Germany, Peter is currently working on his PhD. and Sebastian assisting him with research as an internship for his diploma in Environmental Sciences.
As part of their research, they collected samples of sediment from different depths and dive sites in both Lembeh and Bunaken, and then sifting through looking for a specific family (Turridae) of tiny Gatropods (sea snails). The aim of the study is to compare different areas in the Indo-Pacific by analyzing the diversity with in this highly diverse family.
Peter also thinks that he has found several new species – four in Lembeh and up to six in Bunaken – but he will have to wait until returning to Germany to be sure.
From here they will continue on to the Togean Islands to make a complete survey of that area as well. Good luck and keep us informed on the outcome of the new discoveries!