This week we said goodbye to Yoshi from Japan. He was diving with us last May and got fed up with the typhoons and bad weather in Japan and came back for some more diving 2 months later! His favourite picture was this one of the Shrimp Goby, it lives in a sandy hole with 1 (sometimes 2) shrimps: the goby keeps guard whilst the shrimp cleas the home. Its hard to get a good picture of the goby as its very shy and darts back into its hole when it senses danger, and the white sand means that a flash will “white-out” the picture.
You can see more of Yoshi’s pictures on his website.
In June 2007 we hosted videographer Mark Thorpe, seen on the right with all his equipment. In order to save excess-baggage, Mark has to pay for two seats when he flies!
Mark is a professional videographer from Palau who got sick of all the sharks and manta’s – “there’s just only so many sharks you can film!” – and spent three weeks with us in the muck of Lembeh. He did do a side trip to Bunaken but returned to Lembeh the next day as he reckoned “its just like Palau!”.
Mark taped over 20 hours of footage, and as you can see from the second picture on the right, I did my best to keep it! I asked him what his highlights were, and although he is still editing he said that they included:
- a Shellfish attacking and devouring a Sea Cucumber
- a heavily-pregnant Pygmy Seahorse
- Mating Common Seahorses
- Mating Bobtail Squid
- Hairy Frogfish predation on smaller fish
- Flamboyant Cuttlefish hunting and feeding
- Territorial yawns from Hairy and Painted Frogfish
- Mimic Octopus in Open Water
- Mating Nudibranchs
- Nudibranchs laying Egg Ribbon
- Eggs in the egg sack of an Ornate Ghost Pipe Fish
- Male Frogfish living on the body of a Female Frog Fish
- Two completely Yellow Ribbon Eels in the same hole
Mark will be sending us a dvd so guests can see his work when they visit us, and you can see more of his work on his blog by clicking here.
We have just been notified that our application to become a PADI IDC Resort has been approved! This means that we are a facility that can run Instructor Development Courses (IDC’s), the 9-day courses that are necessary for anyone wanting to become a PADI Instructor.
Our aim is to run 2-3 IDC’s a year, and we have already planned our first IDC for September 2007. Both Nigel and Tina will be involved in teaching these IDC’s, and they will be led by our Course Director Brendon Sing. Brendon normally teaches at Lanta Divers in Koh Lanta, Thailand so he has alot of experience with IDC’s. “This is really exciting for us personally” says Nigel, “it moves us up the instructor ladder and we can get more experience with teaching instructors.”
Not resting there, Two Fish has hired a new instructor (start next week) to help with the non-professional courses like the Open Water and Advanced courses. The price of specialty dives is now only US$10/dive so we hope that more customers will take specialty courses and keep the new instructor busy!
To find out more about our IDC programme, click here
Rebecca completed her learning for teaching the open water course a few days ago, and has just completed her learning to teach the advanced course with Connor. She might even be able to swim soon as her arm bands are for age 3 months onwards, so just 1 month go!
Just had a recent trip to Lembeh and am pleased to report that we have started our new cottage there. Its going to be located at the end of the resort, away from the restaurant, so nice and quiet, and its going to have a great sea view. It should be finished by 1 July, and will give us alot more flexiblity in the high season as the 3-day trips to Lembeh are proving to be very popular with the guests in Bunaken.