Small is beautiful – South Gili Lombok goes macro!
Most divers want the big stuff, but there are so many beautiful tiny and unique creatures in the sea that it would be a shame to ignore them. For macro and muck-divers, small is most definitely beautiful. They are not blown away by a manta or a shark gliding past – they just want to get up close with the marine creatures of lesser stature but no less fascination.
This week in Bunaken… Divers have been spoiled this week with plenty of encounters of large game fish. Schools of big eye trevallies and yellow fin tunas have cruised by as well as massive dog tooth tunas, great barracudas and giant trevallies. All this activity has also made the reef fish more on the edge and it’s a quite impressive thing to watch when hundreds of red fang trigger fish get startled and in unison swoops down to the reef with a big ‘SWOOOSH’. (Photo: Dom Jeanes)
This week in Lembeh…. This is Cheerleading Lembeh Style! We have been seeing our own versions of pom pom wielding cheerleaders in our waters. The cute yet elusive Boxer crab (Lybia) is a type of small crab from the Xanthidae family. They are most recognizable from the pom pom like anemones they carry in their claws. Though very shy our guides have a knack for finding these small guys.
The full moon has come and gone this week leaving us with a fairly calm surface and currents next to nothing. This has not meant that all our big beauties of the ocean have disappeared alongside with them. On our dives out in Belongas Bay, South Lombok this week we have been lucky enough to encounter groups of white tip reef sharks, at least four each time. Some gracefully chilling out in the blue next to reef while other’s were spotted taking it easy under an overhang.
This week at the south gilis Lombok … crustaceans are giving their best pose to the camera. Squat lobster are dorsoventrally flattened crusaceans with long tails held curled beneath the thorax. More than 900 species have been described, in around 60 genera. Besides squat lobsters, we saw other crustaceans and critters like corallimorph decorator crap;