Weekly Summary #6, Jan 2014
Welcome to our weekly round-up, first one of 2014! Good luck with all your new year resolutions, lets hope one of them is to do more diving.
* In the Critter Corner, if you saw this red lip batfish, it would definitely make you want to kiss it!
* In the Tec Corner, Gerard visited us for some tec diving, and we finished the year with a dive to 100m
Weekly diving round-up: silky and thresher sharks were seen in Bunaken, we found mating Hairy Octopus (octopi?) in Lembeh, and it’s definitely the season for Triggerfish in Lembongan!
Not sure if you have been aware, but Western Australia government have announced that they want to cull their sharks by installing baited hooks off Perth’s popular beaches in response to seven fatal shark attacks in three years.
Shark fishermen will patrol WA waters and kill any tiger, bull or great white shark bigger than three metres spotted in the designated zones, while any sharks hooked on the drum lines will be killed and disposed of offshore.
If you thought that the frogfish in Lembeh were weird, then this ranks in the same league. The red-lipped batfish or Galapagos batfish is found around the Galapagos Islands at depths of 30m or more. It is mainly known for its bright red lips, and they look just right for a kiss!
TEC Instructors Hiro and Sandy are tekkies in Blue Label Diving Indonesia and are based in Bunaken, Indonesia. They are a technical diving duo and provide technical dive training and dives on sidemount, twinsets and rebreathers. They began technical diving in 2009 on rebreathers and open circuit, and then made the switch to teaching tec in 2012.
They love TEC so much that they actually got married at depth of 130 meters. Not only that, they actually exchanged vows, rings and a kiss at 130 meters underwater in a cave in Thailand and set a Guinness World Record for the deepest wedding!