We regularly patrol our beach to keep it clean from rubbish, and the other day we had a group effort with some of our guests helping out! And it really is surprising what you can find hanging around in the rubbish!
Firstly, hiding amongst some sweet wrappers we found 5 or so Sargassum frogfish (Histrio histrio). This isn’t the first time we have found them right on our doorstep – two days ago we watched a large one eat a baby one!! Follow this link to find out more about these unusual frogfish – http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/fish/gallery/descript/sargassumfish/sargassumfish.html.
The next day as we were picking a stray plastic bottle or two, we came across this big guy!! We have been informed that he is a Dollabella Auricularia, which is a species of sea hare and grow up to 1.5 metres in length – HUGE!! The ‘hole’ you can see in the middle it is inhalant siphon which draws water into the enclosed mantle cavity. They tend to vary a lot in colour but are mainly see in mottled shades of brown/green, therefore allowing itself to be quite camouflaged,
It is normally found in sheltered bays on sand or mud but we found it sitting on the beach and so quickly took a photo before returning back to the water. I can assume he was not harmed to get this photo!
It was a real group effort cleaning up with Jacob & Kristen from Denmark, Phil & Liz from the UK and Silke & Peter from Austria all giving us a hand! Thank you so much it was really appreciated!
Back in February 2010, we had a group of Scandinavian divers who informed us of the existence of the ‘Tongue Eating Isopod’ – you may remember Anna’s photograph from the our ‘ Did You Know’ blog ( http://divinglembeh.wordpress.com/2010/03/28/did-you-know-2/) . One of the group was Bent Christensen, an Aquatic Ecologist and avid (and very talented) underwater and land photographer who has recently informed that he will be coming back to “to document the parasites further” . Even though he plans to spend a lot of time sitting at anemones, staring into the mouths of anemone fish as they try and bite him ( they are just protecting their anemone!) we are sure that he will spend some time enjoying some of the other critters that we have here in Lembeh and also to see if any of the other fish have a tongue-eating parasite living in their mouth!!
If you would like to check out some more of Bent’s photos from his stay here at Two Fish Lembeh and also at Two Fish Bunaken then follow the link to http://www.pbase.com/borneobent/sulawesi_2010 .
Two Fish Divers Lembeh would like to congratulate Maitri Fischer on completing his Enriched Air, Digital Underwater Photography and Deep Diver specialties during his stay with us! A perfect student, knowledge reviews where completed on time and he even scored 96% in his Enriched Air exam!! We did allow him some time off to enjoy some normal fun dives where he could continue to work on his camera skills!!
Here are some of the pictures that he took during his time with us.
You would think that maybe he has had enough learning for one holiday but he is off to our Bunaken resort to complete his Rescue Diver and Emergency First Response course over there!!
It has been great having Maitri to stay, a really fun student who is eager and willing to learn! We hope you come back soon!!
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.