During the month of May we had Johan and Bets from The Netherlands enjoy a few days diving with us at Two Fish Divers Lembeh. They had spent lots of time in Bunaken practicing their ‘wide-angle’ photography and so were excited about being in Lembeh to get some macro shots as well!
This Coconut Octopus was feeling a little down when he had lost his coconut but when he came across this jar, he decided that coconuts were not necessary anymore for him!! In Lembeh we often see Octopeds using anything that they can get their arms on to hide in – wood, bottles and cups!!
These Orangutan Crabs (Achaeus japonicus) look to be having fun bouncing around on this Bubble Coral. Orangutan crabs are small spider crab that can be found also in soft corals and red algae. As you can probably guess the body is covered with long red, orange or purple hair for camouflage.
The beautiful specimen is a Harlequin Shrimp (Hymenocera elegans). They are rarely seen due to the fact they only tend to leave the shelter of their crevice to find a unsuspecting starfish for their next meal. They look all pretty and nice but they keep the starfish alive as long as possible by eating the legs first and leaving the central disk for their final feast!!
Thank you again Johan for sending these and all the others through to us, we really enjoyed looking at them! Next time you come, you can do a presentation to other guest with our new projector and screen!!
Lisa Scott, from the United States, came back for her second visit with Two Fish Divers. During her stay in Bunaken, with many dives on our amazing walls and with a camera in tow, Lisa captured some beautiful photos of typical days diving. We were very lucky to receive five of her favourite photos to share with everyone, including critters and larger sea life common to Bunaken, which are always loved by every diver.
Starring first is a favourite to all, the Green Turtle, a friendly chap who likes to hang around at one of our dive sites, Lekuan 1. A sweet little Bubble Coral Shrimp trying to hide, a beautiful Nudibranch from the Chromodorididae Family, an elegant Whitemouth Moray Eel, and a colourful Smashing Mantis Shrimp, who are known to have a quick and fierce strike to catch their prey, and also to use as a defense weapon.
Thank you very much Lisa for your great photos, and come back to see us soon!
Everyone thinks that we have it really easy living here in Lembeh but we wanted to share with you all the hard work that been going into building an artificial reef on our House Reef!! Follow this link to see all the photos http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=4179322291&ref=ts#!/album.php?aid=181830&id=7507694316 but there is a taster of some of them below!
There is still a long way to go but we are getting there. We are currently in the process of planning and building our next structures so we’ll keep you informed!
The good news is it does seem to be working. Lots of shrimps (including a couple of Coral Banded Boxer Shrimps), pipefish and juvenile fish have moved in.
If you have any suggestions with regards to structures for the house reef then please email us @ firstname.lastname@example.org .
In a previous blog you saw that we were busy building a home for fish on our house reef to live in. Recently we had a quiet afternoon, so we rounded up the staff to pitch in and help get the structure into the water, which they gladly did! We (well Opo and Gizmo) had decided to build quite a large house and so it was all hands on deck to get it onto the boat – as you can see from the looks on all of the guys’ faces!! Helen was there giving ‘help’ from behind the camera!!
Once the house was on the boat, Gizmo, Opo, Franz and Steven headed underwater so that they could locate the spot we had picked out for the house. Once they had sent up a SMB ( Surface Marker Buoy for those of you that weren’t sure what that meant!), Hendro, Yusuf and Billy started to slowly and carefully lower the fish house in with a rope.
As you can see we had positioned one of the guides ( Steven) to help guide the house on its way down and it safely was put into position by the guides as you can see in the pictures below. Gizmo was there helping out and making sure we got some pictures of the big moment!).
We are regularly going to check on the structures and are happy to report that they are taking well. We’ll get some pictures up soon!
It really was a group effort with all of the staff getting involved to help and we wouldn’t have been able to do it without the guys.
“Who??,” we hear you cry! Its the lovely Boxer Crab of course!
We found this little guy at a close-by dive site, recently, hiding in some coral rubble extremely shallow. As you can imagine we and our guests were all pretty excited to see him as they are pretty rare and are often hiding under small rocks, so making them even harder to find!! It seems like there was some kind of crustacean party going on – look at the two other little crabs he was hanging around with!!
You will notice it has a distinct colour pattern and enjoys a mutualistic relationship with small anemones, which is carries in its claws. The anemone’s stinging cells protect the boxer crab against predators, in return boxer crab provide food for its protectors. Boxer crabs use at least three different species of anemones, Bundeopsis sp and Triactis producta. The bonding with the anemone is not required for their survival and boxer crabs have been known to live without them and sometimes substituting other organisms such as sponges and corals.
We had already enjoyed a lovely dive before we happened upon the crab on our safety stops ( which went on for about 20 minutes so that everyone could get a good look!) – we had seen Wonderpus, Seahorses and a free-swimming Ribbon eel which is another rarity!