Fire Urchins are plentiful in Lembeh and are often act as a host to small shrimps, Zebra Crabs and Emperor Snapper. Try not to get too close to one of these, their venomous spines intense pain if you get one stuck into you.
This ‘cute’ critter is the Stargrazer. Found on sandy bottoms, it is only spotted as its goggle-like eyes and mouth full of teeth protrude from the sediment, with the rest of the body buried. They are quite a hard find so most of our customers are very happy when we spot one for them!
Thank you Juanma for sending these photos through and if anyone else would like to check out more of his photos then please follow this link: http://www.juanmaorta.com/en/galleries/5566/
Marcel and Jack first planned to come and stay with us in April this year but a volcano erupting in Iceland meant that trip had to be delayed to till the summer
Marcel really enjoyed Lembeh for the fact that the conditions are so good for underwater photographers and he wanted to send through and share a couple of his favourites.
The Bigfin Reef Squid (Sepiotheutis lessoniana ) are a pretty common species, who you can often find in shallow coastal waters. During the day if you see them - they are often hanging around mooring lines, where they tend to lay their eggs. On night dives you will often encounter plenty of these squid as they like to come and play around in your torch or focus light!
Very little is known about the tiny Tiger Shrimp ( Phyllognathia ceratophthalma ) as they are very rarely seen, even here in the critter heavy waters of the Lembeh Straits! They only grow to about 2cm in lengeth. The colouring is quite distinct, so when you have found them hiding in some rubble you can’t mistake them for anything else!
To see more of Marcel’s photos, please visit his homepage: http://members.quicknet.nl/m.out
They are probably going to kill me for putting their PIC pictures onto the Internet but Two Fish Divers Lembeh wanting to pass their congratulations to Nick and Zina for completing not just one or two PADI Specialties but 4 with us in the space of 5 days!
It was pretty intense few days which started with an afternoon of Enriched Air Theory which ended with them both passing the exam with over 85%! The next day we started on the Search and Recovery course – which I really enjoy teaching! It is amazing how excited you can get that you have found a lost weight belt.
Over their stay we also did the Night Diver Specialty – one dive we did even incorporated some search and recovery skills they had learnt as another guest had lost their camera on the house reef. Sadly we weren’t able to find it but on this dive and the other night dives we saw Giant Spanish Dancers, Sponge Crabs, Cuttlefish, Octopus, Seahorses, Flatheads – the list goes on!
The final Specialty was the Wreck Specialty where we had some awesome dives on both the Mawali and Kapal Indah wrecks. They both really enjoyed the dive on the Kapal Indah wreck with its beautiful Pygmy Seahorses (they come in Pink, Purple and Yellow) and nudibranches. Safety stopping over some corals in the shallows we spent some time with a gorgeous Pinnate Batfish. They also completed three dives on the Mawali wreck culminating in a penetration dive on Enriched Air – cool!
Again we would like to congratulate them on working so hard and getting everything completed in such a short space of time. It was a pleasure to have you guys to stay!
Here are ours picture from our stay in Bunaken in October 2010- Indonesia Pulau Bunaken
And there’s also our blog – its in Romanian only but you can use google translation, which is not very good but is at least acceptable (some words are not translated) – Blog for Indonesia-sulawesi-pulau-bunaken
A great stay and great people!
Elena & Alex
October really was a fantastic month here for diving with Two Fish Divers in the Lembeh Strait (well every month is fantastic here!!). One of the standout sightings for us was the Mototi Octopus (Octopus mototi), pictured here on the left. (We also saw him last night on the night dive as well.)
This is a solitary species, which can be found on sandy/rubble bottoms hiding in some of the garbage that can be strewn on some of our dives sites, such as cans or glass bottles. The identification of the Mototi is by a pair of bright blue rings behind its head and it takes on a orangey colour whilst at rest.
When it is on the move as the picture to the right shows, the Mototi Octopus displays brown and white stripes. This rare find is also quite a poisonous find so be careful when you come across one!!
Thank you to Thea for these photos, we are very jealous of this sighting as we were either in the office or in bed with a high fever when this beauty was seen!