It’s been a week of dive training here in south Lombok with some of the new Admin coming down from up north. The three of them came out for a DSD with myself on gili layar and we had great time, at first there were lots of flapping and a few scared faces but after we got down they loved it so much so that it was very hard to get them out.
We are very pleased to announce that Two Fish Divers Amed has been awarded the status of PADI 5 Star IDC Center! Woop woop! Even more impressively we are the first PADI centre to reach this level in the Amed area, making this a first for PADI as well!
Bobbit Worm sightings in Lembeh night dives are not uncommon, but this week’s Bobbit Worm sighting was ridiculously cool! Our guests came across two different Bobbit Worms that were both spewing white gunk into the water column. Thinking it was a defense mechanism, the divers were annoyed that it “screwed up their photo opportunity”. Little did they know, these Bobbit Worms were spawning, which is an extremely rare sight in Lembeh! Bobbit Worms are broadcast spawners, which means that Bobbit Worms release their sperm and eggs into the water column all at the same time, resulting in successful fertilization within the water column (rather than within the animal).
This week in Lembongan. Starting on the 1st of June, the Lembongan Marine Association meet to prepare for the annual reef check survey. Along with the Coral Triangle Centre and the Nusa Penida Marine Park Association and volunteers from the dive ships on the island, got together to preform this years reef check.
We became an ambassador in the ‘Project Aware’ initiative and adopted the dive site in Bunaken, ‘Muka Kampung’.
Marine debris is the rubbish of our everyday lives, it travels over land, down streams, rivers and storm drains to the ocean. It can drift thousands of miles leaving a wake of destruction in its path. Every year, debris kills thousands of marine animals and sea birds, chokes coral reefs, smothers critical environments and contaminates our beaches and recreation sites. Better information about sources and impacts is extremely important to drive changes in infrastructure and waste management policies. Who is responsible? All of us. Together we can help prevent and clear up this mess for a clean, healthy ocean planet.
This week in the North Gilis, Lombok the wind and waves have picked up over the last two days but the diving has continued. The visibility is ranging from 8-15 meters.
The north gilis are known for their island life from a nice relaxed holiday to a party time on gili Trawangan, but the diversity of sea life is also something to be famous for. We have been bumping into a lot of moray eels this week, especially the giant morays. We often find them peaking out of rocks and corals and when we are truly lucky we can find them in action on their hunt for food. The Giant morays here come in all shapes and sizes partnered with relatives from the snowflake morays, white eyed morays, garden and ribbon eels, and the fibrillated morays.
It has been a Frogfish Frenzy in Lembeh this week! From big to small, from Hairy to Warty, from orange to black, and mated to single, I think we’ve seen a bit of it all! It hasn’t been only the variety of Frogfish that has impressed our Two Fish divers, but also the behaviors. Many of the Frogfish have been very active, awkwardly moving about the reef, chasing one another, chasing our divers (true story!), yawning and luring. Once again, Lembeh proves to be a Frogfish paradise!