Interested in seeing a variety of Octopus in Lembeh? The best way to catch the most variety is to vary your dive schedule. The morning dives are the best time to see Reef, Mimic and Coconut Octopus. Mimic Octopus sightings are well sought after due to the animal’s unique ability to imitate venomous animals when threatened. The Mimic Octopus plays an amazing game of charades and can convincingly mimic venomous Lionfish, Banded Sea Snakes and Banded Soles in its attempt to scare off potential predators. And though it is our most commonly encountered Octopus, the Coconut Octopus is not to be dismissed! The right individual can be endless entertainment as it plays peek-a-boo and shows off it’s attachment issues as it runs across the reef holding a house of shells or coconut husk!
This week in Lembongan… For those that have been keeping up with our blogs from Lembongan, you will know that a few weeks ago, the big waves kept us from getting to the manta dive sites and then last week, the waves dropped down, but there was a lack of manta rays. The great news is, the manta rays are back in Manta Bay and Manta Point!
In 2015 PADI launched the PADI Women’s Dive Day event. It was met with a great response worldwide with events going on in over 65 countries, and PADI have decided to repeat PADI Womens’s Dive Day in 2016 on the 16th July.
Two Fish Divers have decided to participate by making some special offers across all of our locations, so remember 16-07-16 not as Barbie’s measurements but as the date of PADI Women’s Dive Day 2016 and read on to find out more about it.
This week in the North Gili’s, Lombok our water has finally calmed down. We had a good week of big waves, strong currents and visibility of 10-15 meters. For the diving it was fun as we just flew across the reefs but when it came to parking the boat to offload divers and equipment there we found the challenge. The past few days have been back to crystal clear, calm water with plenty of marine life filling the reefs.
Lembeh’s Divesite Police Pier is known for its plethora of Pipefish (alongside it’s spawning Mandarinfish and fantastic Frogfish population). This week one of the Banded Pipefish found itself in a slightly awkward situation when it got a bit to close to a hungry Ribbon Eel. Luckily, the Ribbon Eel immediately realized that the physics of his meal was simply too complicated and let the Pipefish go without so much as a scratch. If you look closely at the underside of the fish you can see that the Pipefish is carrying eggs. As it turns out, a whole generation of Banded Pipefish was spared!
This week in Lembongan, the coast line of Nusa Lembongan and the south coast of Nusa Penida have been hit hard by days of big waves. It was great news for surfers, who had the chance to experience some pretty large reef breaks but not so nice for some of the local sea facing shops. Diving still went on as normal, we were just unable to go to the manta sites and we had to load / unload the boat on a more protected side of the island.
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.