Week three and four passed with the blink of an eye.
These weeks I have been, assisting on open water courses, advanced open water courses, scuba refreshers and servicing equipment, every morning in the ocean was immediately followed by hours under the glaring sun in the pool or sheltered in our maintenance room tinkering with the devices one needs for the survival of the gill-less underwater. Following on from days like this, its been nose to paper (not difficult for a nose of my calibre) completing knowledge reviews from PADI’s dive master manual, studying the ocean mechanics and the history of diving in PADI’s Diving Encyclopaedia. The amount of information taken on in such a short amount of time has been a bit tricky at times, but its been the most fun I’ve ever had in terms of learning before.
So this week in south lombok we seem to have a massive increase in juvenile Cuttle fish. In 1 dive on the sand we found between 10 and 15 individuals and seeing them never gets boring with all there changes in camouflage and displays. Also on the dive we found juvenile sweet lips, nudibranches, crabs, shrimps, octopus and a hole load of pipe fish.
Go on: take a guess! What type of Frogfish do you think this is?
Surprisingly, it is an Antennarius striatus, or what is commonly referred to as a Hairy Frogfish. As it turns out the Hairy Frogfish comes in all hair lengths in Lembeh, including extremely short hair! Since this is a little known fact amongst our guests, this cool little critter caused a bit of a stir when it was spotted as a mated couple to a long-haired Hairy Frogfish. The guests were sure they were witnessing “inter-species” coupling!
This week in Lembongan… The condition around the islands has been very still, allowing us many trips to the manta dive sites. While Eanna was practicing his guiding at Manta Bay, they were finishing up their safety stops, when instructor Rowan, spotted in the distance, one manta ray approaching. This was quickly followed by another and another, with a total of 7 manta rays passing by to feed.