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!
For the uninitiated, as we were, this entails roasting Marshmallows over the barbeque and sandwiching them between Gran biscuits with chocolate. A very messy treat! Both the staff and the guests had a very messy and enjoyable time. Zack had two helpings!
A big thanks to Tom and Karen for lugging everything from the States.
Here are a selection of Some of their wonderful photos, above & below the water!
Wonderpus (Wonderpus photogenicus) are solitary octopodes, who are usually buried themselves in the sand in the shallows. They will display a brown and white stripped pattern when agitated or hunting. This pattern and its ‘stalked’ eyes makes them easy to recognize.
However many people mistake the Wonderpus for the Mimic Octopus when they first come across it and to the untrained eye this is quite understandable. The Wonderpus is smaller and its stripes are more defined than those of the Mimic Octopus. Also the Wonderpus is just happy being himself and so doesn’t spend time pretending to be other critters to amuse divers!
Thank you to Nasfay Bela for allowing us to use this beautiful shot of the Wonderpus. Check an eye out on future blogs for more of his amazing shots!
We had some great diving last week. The blue-ring octopus and mola-mola captured the headlines, but we also saw clown frog-fish, a brown pontohi sea horse as well as the normal white one, and robust & ornate ghost-pipe fish.
We also had some incredible night dives – marble shrimps, sponge-crabs and other small crabs.
Bunaken gets alot of critters but they are alot harder to photograph than Lembeh!
To the left is her prize-winning shot of an Elysia ornata eating. This species has a yellow transparent body and has black and yellow small spots. It also has a curly orange edge and black lines at the mantle. They can grow up to 4 cm and they are found mostly in rubble or sandy areas. Below are the other two shots that she submitted to the competition!
Ann and her husband Les, enjoyed another two weeks of great diving here in Lembeh and I know that Ann is going to enter again this year!! If you are interested in entering then click on the below for more information on the prizes and how you can enter!