Peter and Sebastian from Germany have just spent 18 days with us at Two Fish and did a little more than just diving. Both from University Landau in Germany, Peter is currently working on his PhD. and Sebastian assisting him with research as an internship for his diploma in Environmental Sciences.
As part of their research, they collected samples of sediment from different depths and dive sites in both Lembeh and Bunaken, and then sifting through looking for a specific family (Turridae) of tiny Gatropods (sea snails). The aim of the study is to compare different areas in the Indo-Pacific by analyzing the diversity with in this highly diverse family.
Peter also thinks that he has found several new species – four in Lembeh and up to six in Bunaken – but he will have to wait until returning to Germany to be sure.
From here they will continue on to the Togean Islands to make a complete survey of that area as well. Good luck and keep us informed on the outcome of the new discoveries!
Their current role is being the cutest things here at Two Fish Divers ( Scubi is not taking it too well!) and sleeping in the office. Once they are bit bigger and stronger then will be in charge of Pest Control (to keep at bay any unwanted visitors from the jungle) and teasing Scubi and Chocolate.
Fiona came to stay with us after completing her Divemaster course over in Bunaken with Brendon, our course director. After all that hard work she decided that she need a few days of good fun diving and where better to do it than here in the Lembeh Straits with Two Fish?!?!
In the Straits you can see a wide variety of different Nudibranchs and these are a favourite of photographers as they are relatively easy subject to shoot! Fiona got a beautiful shot of a Glossodoris cincta having a little wander over a rock! …
When we ask people when they arrive one critter that they would like to see then the Hairy Frogfish definitely is one of the critters that is often at the top of many people’s lists and from this photo you can see why! The lighting on this shot give the frogfish quite an eerie sinister look – don’t you think?? His lure is up and out so he is obviously feeling a little hungry and is trying to catch dinner!!
Thank you Fiona for sending this pictures through and we are really glad that you enjoyed your stay with us here at Two Fish Divers Lembeh! Come back soon!
Saturday 25th of September was International Cleanup day which was a huge success! We started with the beach and mangrove area around the Two Fish resort, and later that afternoon we took 30 volunteers (staff & guests) to the pier in Bunaken and joined several other dive centres from around the island in a mass cleanup.
We had a surface crew that consisted of a number of snorkelers, some of which were from a neighbouring resort who wanted to do their bit, and a dive crew doing the area from 14m up.
We collected everything from plastic packaging, bottles, building materials, clothing to diapers and tin cans.
It was a great team effort and we would like to thank everyone for taking part and doing their bit for our ocean. All the data has now been collected and submitted to Project Aware and we are pleased to announce that after weighing all the rubbish that was collected, we managed to collect 628kg!
Lucy got the diving bug within the first couple of hours and really loved completing the Open Water Course – however she wasn’t too fond of the compass skills! She took to like a ‘duck to water’ and managed to perfect her buoyancy pretty quickly!
After completing the Open Water and celebrating with a couple of Bintangs, Lucy decided to also complete her Advanced Open Water Course with Helen ( her own personal instructor!).
Wanting to fine-tune her buoyancy more we completed the Peak Performance Dive and then also got to use some of these skills on the Underwater Photography dive! Lucy was so lucky to be able to get photos of 2 Hairy Frogfish and a Shaggy Frogfish on this dive! She took the Deep and Navigation Dives within her stride and finish all the skills with ease! To complete her Advanced Course we went on a awesome Night Dive to Jahir – we were joined by squid, sponge crabs and a huge Common Reef Octopus just to name a few!
She set sail to enjoy some more fun dives at our resort in Bunaken and we wish her all the best in her travels and would love to see her back here soon!
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