Russel enjoyed a break from his studies earlier this year by coming to Indonesia and enjoy some awesome diving here with Two Fish Divers in North Sulawesi. He thoroughly enjoyed his time diving the walls of Bunaken and combing the sand here in the Lembeh Strait critter hunting!!
Russell really enjoyed being able to really get into Macro photography here in Lembeh and the shots that he has sent us, also show he is pretty good at it.
The Black-Finned Snake Eel (Ophichthus melanochir). They are usually found alone buried in the sand wit just their head showing. They are laying in wait for the their prey, such as small fish. You’ll often find a cleaner shrimp hanging around on their nose keeping them company!
This beautiful Cockatoo Waspfish was found at one of our true muck diving sites. They are usually found on sandy or rubble bottoms swinging happily in the water movements, mimicking rotten leaf. Found in pairs or solitary. The colour of these ranges from light to dark brown and in the case of this one white with a brown face!!
Thank you Russell for sharing your great photos with us. If any of you would like to see more of Russell’s photos then just click on this link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/russell_taylor/sets/
It was tough work for her, simulating rescue scenarios, knowing how to attend to wounded divers and respond to emergency situations, including learning all the different settings with the camera, but she left her holiday an Emergency First Responder, a Rescue Diver, and an absolutely amazing Underwater Photographer. We were all blown away by how beautiful her photos were, and how precise her settings were for someone who has never taken photos underwater before. We have here some of Juliannes favorite photos which she took during her course.
The first photo starring Julianne herself on her 100th dive, a Decorator Crab who love to play dress up, a Durban Hinge-beak Shrimp, a False Clown Anemonefish, a Halimeda Ghost Pipefish, a bubble coral shrimp trying to be invisible away from his usual habitat, and a Leaf Scorpionfish. Including a beautiful Mandarinfish who are our best performers during our ‘dive at dusk’ trips, the Moorish Idols, a favorite of Juliannes as she never noticed how cute their faces were, a Nudibranch, a favorite to everyone, the Ornate Ghost Pipefish, one of our biggest celebrities at the moment, the Pontohi Seahorse, who lives at ‘Tanjung’ dive site, a big Red Crab on a night mission, a Ribbon Eel taking a peek around, who are known to be as long as 65-85cm, and last but not least, Juliannes postcard picture, the Skunk Anemonefish.
Enjoy everyone, and thank you very much Julianne.
Originally from Japan, Sachiyo and Shinsuke are currently living in Manado, and decided to head over to the walls of Bunaken for their first underwater experience. It was a pleasure having them stay with us, and we are very lucky they live so close, as it’s always nice to see friendly and familiar faces with such a passion for diving.
As well as seeing many turtles and lots of beautiful aquatic life, they were also lucky to see a White Tip Reef Shark swimming deeper below us on the wall. We look forwards to seeing you again for some continuing education with your Advanced Open Water, to go deeper and see some more sharks, to explore at night, and much more.
Here are a couple of photos of Sachiyo and Shinsuke with the Two Fish Divers Instructor team, and also a photo with them and their instructor Ella.
Thank you guys and come back soon!
In May much of Manado and Bunaken was hit by Conjuctivitus, aka Red eye. This is a very contagious eye infection, and since it is a virus the only remedy is eye drops to stop any secondary bacterial infection. Everyone seemed to get over it fairly quickly (2-5 days) by the use of eye drops or the more tradition local remedy, breast milk!
The infection had been passed through our staff families. The staff were very careful, and it was not passed on to guests on the resort, with the exception of a group of divers who seemed to have contracted it after visiting the village. It didn’t stop them from diving though!
We had hoped that we had seen the back of it, but after hearing reports from around Indonesia and other Asian countries, we were not surprised when a guest from Singapore bought it back to Bunaken last week.
With its return it seems to have favored the guests, and we would like to apologize to any of our guests who have contracted this infection. We are taking all reasonable precautions on the resort and hope this most recent bout will finish in the next couple of days.
‘WHAT?!’, you all cry!
We couldn’t believe it either when Andrea and Martin ,two of our recent guests, surfaced from an afternoon house reef dive talking at the speed of light.
‘Did I hear you correctly?’, I asked, ‘Did you say Mandarin fish?!’
They then went onto explain that they were investigating one of the large patches of Staghorn Coral and they saw a large 4-5cm Mandarin fish darting in and out of the coral. Andrea and Martin were completing their dive between 3-4pm and Mandarin fish are usually seen at dusk, when they come out to mate!
Unfortunately he was moving too quickly and so Andrea was unable to get a photo (which we really wanted for all you non-believers out there! The photo above is from a Mandarin dive not too long ago) but we are hoping to get out there tomorrow to check him out ourselves!