In the North Gilis, Lombok this week we have had a rise of the banded sea snake. We used to often see them around various dive sites up here but we have not spotted one for a few weeks now. This week at Frogfish point North Gili Air we have spotted 3 on different occasions. They are fairly fat beasts here not the usual slender banded sea snake, must be a lot of good food for them in this area.
To the surprise and delight of our divers, one of the rarest octopus in the Strait, the Hairy Octopus, graced us with his delightfully-playful presence this week. There also continues to be an excess of Juvenile Frogfish on the reef, in all colors, species and sizes. Everyone from super macro photographers to compact shooters will be taking home an incredible selection of Frogfish photos! Add the Halemeida Ghostpipefish sighting to the mix, and it was quite the eventful week of diving!
This week in Lembongan… Our instructor team has been busy with courses, training people from Discover Scuba Diving level all the way up to Divemaster. I know we have been talking a lot over the last few weeks about all the big creatures we have been seeing while diving in Lembongan but it is our instructor team that helps people get in the water so they have the chance to see these amazing creatures.
Apart from the beautiful scorpion fish in the picture there have been some amazing finds down here in south lombok. We have had some amazing dives with regular sightings of painted frog fish. Wonder pus, harliquin shrimp, bob tail squid, sea horses and so much more.
I’ve wanted to become a Divemaster for a while but ultimately I decided to do my Divemaster course because I want to be really comfortable with diving. I think understanding the theory behind diving and getting to dive everyday for so long gives me important experience and familiarity with the whole process in a way that I have never had before.
This week in the North Gilis, Lombok we have been busy, busy and more busy again. We have mainly had a lot of courses ranging from Discover Scuba dives, Open water courses to Advanced open water courses. Each day the boat has been out with a good few Fun divers on it as well as our courses.
Divemaster in Training Lily was fascinated by the Shrimpgobys and their Snapping Shrimp counterparts in Lembeh this week. The Shrimpgoby lives alongside a nearly blind Snapping Shrimp in a burrow and provides the vulnerable shrimp with the protection of “eyesight”. The bull-dozing shrimp provides the Shrimpgoby with a clean burrow as it spends its days cleaning out their home. Any time it leaves the burrow the Shrimp maintains physical contact with its watchful Shrimpgoby. At the first sign of danger, a single flick of the Shrimpgoby’s tail sends them both diving for safety back into their manicured burrow.