Since finding out about Earth Day last month, we have been getting excited about getting all our guests and guides together to help do our little bit help to clean up the Lembeh Strait. After a good chat with the dive guides we decided on going to TK2 (it is named after the village in the bay – Teluk Kembahu) to give it a ‘spring clean’!
After a nice hearty lunch we donned our wetsuits, set up our kit and headed out on the boat. The earlier rain had gone away and the sun was shining – everyone was in high spirits!
After a briefing from Helen, our resident instructor and Project Aware Coordinator on what rubbish to collect and the plan of action everyone jumped in eager to get started!!
As you can see from the pictures in the album, everyone had great fun collecting over 50 kilograms of rubbish!!! We mainly focused on collecting plastic items as these are a real problem in the Lembeh Strait but some of the stranger items we collected included vacuum cleaner pipes, a Mickey Mouse handbag, brushes and a inflatable kiddie pool!!
We would like to extend our thanks to all the helpers on the dive – Silvia and Martin from Switerland, Louise from Denmark, Fred from France, Arnau from Spain, Frits and Zu from The Netherlands and Steve from the UK. As you can see it was a very international affair and we also had the Indonesian contingent Risko, Steven and Sem , three of our fantastic guides here at Two Fish Divers.
Two Fish Divers Lembeh had an awesome morning of diving today!! Firstly we saw many ( we counted 6 ) Pygmy Seahorses, Pegasus Sea Moths and much more at Nudi Retreat. The dive was nice and relaxing, good viz and no current!! We then moved onto our second site and saw this magnificent Weedy Scorpionfish ( Rhinopias frondosa) . I was particularly happy as it was my first sighting of the famous Rhinopias – they could probably hear me cheering on the boat!!
The Weedy Scorpionfish is a solitary creature and you’ll find him hanging around rubble area between 8-25m. They come in many colours ranging from lavender to red.
Some of our divers were lucky enough to see this giant mimic octopus (Thaumoctopus mimicus). The Mimic Octopus are active during the day ( we will soon be posting some awesome footage of this guy – keep an eye out!!), playing by themselves or hiding on sandy bottoms. It is known to mimic up to 17 different species, including sea snake, flounder, lionfish, sting ray and feather star.
Thank you to Frits and Steve for these lovely photos and to everyone for an awesome morning of diving!!
We are always interested in viewing our guests photos and videos that they take whilst they are here with us at Two Fish Divers Lembeh. We also really appreciate them being sent through to us so that we can share them with everyone else!
Johnny Leffelaer from Belgium sent us through some of his fantastic photos… Here is a little information on each of the fish!
Flamboyant Cuttlefish (Metasepia pfefferi) tend to live in sandy & rubble shallows and are most active during the day. Its appeal to divers is seeing the beautiful colour changes. Its normal colour is dark purple/brown but it can quickly change to a pattern of black, white, with yellow patches around the mantle, arms, and eyes. The flesh of this cuttlefish is poisonous, containing a unique toxin.
The Pegasus Sea Moth (Eurypegasus Draconis) is one of my favourite things to see here in Lembeh – they look so adorable ambling along the rubble bottoms in their pair! They are a relative of the seahorse family & they tend to feed on small crustaceans hiding in the sand.
Johnny captured a fantastic image of the Leafy Filefish ( Chaetodermis penicilligera). You tend to find these guys alone on sheltered reef or weedy covered bottoms. It gets its name from the green and yellow patches on its body.
Thank you again to Johnny for the photos and once again we like to receive photos, so please send us your best images to firstname.lastname@example.org .
Earplugs were the order of the day with about 70 children in our Bunaken restaurant to celebrate Rebecca’s birthday. Maybe some of you will notice the family resemblance, as many of them are the children from our staff. It was great fun! The Sunday School teachers kept order excellently.There is still plenty of cake!
This lovely this Clown frogfish was trying to show his best side to Paul and Kirsten Simms,when Kirsten took this great shot. He was just hanging out on the wall waiting to be spotted.That’s harder said than done! He is one of several sightings in the last few weeks. Thanks to Kirsten for sending it.