Recently we had Josef & Vera Litt from the Czech Republic staying with us at both Two Fish Lembeh and Bunaken.
Josef is an avid and excellent underwater photographer and has recently set up Help The Seas organisation. Their purpose is to help raise funds for conservation projects and Help The Sea is currently supporting Seacology and Archelon.
Shortly he has assured us that he will be posting photos that he took in both Bunaken and Lembeh, so please go to www.helptheseas.org to have a look and to find out more information about Help The Seas.
After another busy but extremely fun and critter-crammed month here at Two Fish Divers Lembeh we were unable to make much headway on starting the development of our House Reef. However finally over the last few days we have been able to get out there and do a couple of dives and some further surveying of the site.
On the first dive we spent most of our time identifying the areas that we thought looked suitable. On the following dives we noted distances, headings, natural reference points and were able to draw up a rough map.
We are lucky to have an existing structure – The Oyster House – which already attracts a variety of marine life – long-snout pipefish, Banggai Cardinalfish, Razorfish and juvenile Barramudi Cod – we hope that our new ‘additions’ to the reef will have a similar impact!
If anyone has any ideas or suggestions with regards to developing artificial reefs then please drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
On Friday we were enjoying a nice dive at TK2, when we came across our fourth frogfish of the dive but this one was look slightly distressed and on closer inspection we saw that he had a hook with fishing line attached to his lip. We quickly whipped out a knife to cut the line so he would not get it caught on anything and therefore cause himself more pain.
When we got back to the resort, we mentioned this to a few other guests and we decided that one group of our divers would go back the following day to remove the hook from the fish’s’ mouth as with the hook in there he was not able to open his mouth properly and so could not feed.
So yesterday morning we sent Cara and Lucia from The Netherlands along with Marina and Johnny from Belgium (who are here for their second stay with us at Two Fish Divers Lembeh!) along with Opo back to TK2.
The group were very careful to ensure the frogfish did not get hurt in the process of removing the hook and they stayed with him for 10 minutes to check he was OK! He definitely seemed better as he went for a walk across the bottom to find a new rock to hide against!
Cara got some great video footage and I hope to be able to add the link soon. Thanks to Johnny for some great stills and Well Done to all of you for helping this guy out!
Here is the link to the video as promised!!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yEBt1t46tCM
** We do operate a No Gloves policy at Two Fish Lembeh but we allowed them to be worn during this operation.
March really turned out to be a great month for sightings of some of the more rare critters we have here in Lembeh. We have seen the Lembeh Sea Dragon, Wonderpus, Harlequin Shrimps, Tiger Shrimps and we completed the month with an awesome encounter with a beautiful Blue Ringed Octopus.
There are three confirmed species of blue ringed octopuses (Genus Hapalochlaena). You can find these usually solitary creature hiding on sandy or rubble areas. Despite their small size (4-8 inches) and their relatively docile nature, they are one of the worlds most venomous animals – the venom in their bite is powerful enough to kill humans!
The blue rings are usually not visible in the octopus when they are resting. However when they are provoked or feeling threatened its brown patches darken dramatically and the blue rings appear and pulsate.
Russell, one of our guests, was lucky enough to see this critter on only his second dive here in Lembeh! His luck continued to allow him to get this great shot even though there were a few divers all trying to do the same at the same time!!
A big pat on the back for the Hart Family, who’ve had an action packed week.
Dad, Alan, and eldest son, Daniel, made a superb team on their Rescue and Junior Rescue diver courses, while youngest son Stefan impressed us all on his Junior Open Water course.
Stefan was a little nervous at first, but he turned out to be a real natural underwater. He was such a fish, that we checked him for gills. He finished his course with a fun dive with Alan. Nice.
Daniel was a star too, really rising to the occasion on his Rescue Scenarios and making us proud to give him his cert card.
Mum, Claire, supported them all wonderfully and is now waiting for her chance to do a Discover Scuba Diving dive. So, roll on the next holidays!
A big round of applause for you all. We’re looking forward to seeing your photos soon!