We woke to what seemed a pretty OK kind of day – flat waters, a few clouds in the sky which were hiding the sun. Our boats set out on time and Lukisan headed to Nudi Retreat but when we got there, there was already another boat so we decided to move onto a different site and what a great decision it turned out to be!!
The first 10 minutes of the dive had us seeing a Common Seahorse, Long Armed Octopus and many orangutan and swimmer crabs ( hours of amusement watching those little fellas amble along!). Then the dive site erupted into life and we went on a rollercoaster ride of a dive – we saw Mimic Octopus, Flamboyant Cuttlefish, 4 White Ornate Ghost Pipefish, 2 Ambon Scorpionfish, a Clown Snake Eel out in the open before disappearing beneath the sand, many Spider crabs, a huge hermit crab, even more crabs than you can poke your pointer at and a very rare find of 2 Pygmy Pipehorses!!! Just have a look at some of the photos!!
On the way over to our second dive on Lukisan we were then greeted with the most beautiful sight of a pod of about 20 dolphins swimming along close to the boat! We continued to watch them but they never let us get too close which makes us think that they are calfing at the moment which is great – baby dolphins in the Lembeh Strait!!!
Second dive continued the tradition of a great mornings diving with 4 pygmy seahorses, a Pegasus Sea Moth, Ribbon eels, Cocunut Octopus and another Flamboyant Cuttlefish.
On Cirrus, one of our other dive boats, they encountered Yellow Pygmy Seahorses, Common and Thorny Seahorses, different types of scorpionfish and the piece de resistance – a lovely Wonderpus!
Lunchtime was a competition of who saw the best things! It definitely will be a morning of diving that will be remembered for a long time!!!
Thank you to Jochen, Tamara and Alex for letting us use their photos!!
Apart from being huge fans of the many Angel fish we have here, Felipe and Scott just couldn’t get over the sheer diversity of textures and shapes of all the stunning corals, sponges, sea squirts and sea stars – they didn’t know where to look and point next! Filling in the logbooks too a while…..
Well done on your courses guys, you were dream students….and thanks for reminding us how lucky we are on Bunaken to be surrounded by so much amazing aquatic life of every type!
Again a huge thanks to our volunteers of staff & guests that helped with our Clean-Up on Earth Day in April 2010. Project Aware also really appreciated your efforts and so decided to put us in the spotlight!!
In one of our previous blogs you saw us building the first structures for our House Reef (we are going to think of a proper name for it soon – send any suggestions to email@example.com) and finally we have had the time and resources (lift bags and spare dive guides!) to get them into place out the front of the resort.
It was a group effort by Gizmo, Helen, Steven and Opo to get them onto the speedboat, into the water and then using the lift bags lowering them slowly and carefully get into place. We had previously chosen an area that we thought would be perfect for laying down the items that we had developed for the artificial reef – sandy/rubble bottom that is pretty flat and also has some existing topography surrounding it so different marine life is already attracted to the area. It was quite hard work, ensuring that they were placed in the best positions possible but we have managed to secure them into position. We plan to check on them regularly to see what life has moved in and will report back what we find!!
We are always open to suggestions here at Two Fish, so please let us know if you have any ideas for ‘things’ we can put into our house reef in order to try and attract some new critters and create a nice habitat for the existing ones!!
That got your attention didn’t it??!! We regularly enjoy dives out the front of the resort on our house reef and it is nice that on every dive we see something new that we haven’t seen out there before. On one dive recently we encountered a few lovely Nudibranchs that inhabit The Lembeh Strait and thought you may want to know a little more about them! Gizmo was happy to try out his new camera on these willing models – with some great results!
The Glossodoris cinta is a fairly common nudibranch but it differs in its coloration depending on where it is found. The Indonesian variation has a brownish body, gills and rhinophores whitely dotted, with double yellow and blue rim around the outer edge of the mantle – just like to one here!! If you look closely you can see a small Emperor Shrimp taking a ride on its back. We found him at appoximately 22m on coral rubble patch.
Chelidonura amoena are a type of "headshield slug", that come from the Aglajida family. They are found in Indo-Pacific region. We found this one in the shallows along with another pair, from we have read about these Nudis, by finding them in a group it was obviously coming into mating time!!!
It always pays to look at everything you see when diving carefully . On close inspection of this photo of a Hypselodoris bullockii, you can see a tiny gobie hanging onto its side. It is usual for these Nudibranch to have yellow gills and rhinophores but its main body can vary from white to pink to this lovely purple shade.
We’ll keep posting updates on the critters on our house reef and also the progress with the artificial reef! Thanks for reading!