Yesterday our guest Selina and our head guide John had the privilege of enjoy diving with a dugon in Ron’s point!! The dive start with three black tip sharks and after 20 min they spotted the dugon who stayed with them until they were low on air!! Great last day diving in Bunaken for Selina who did over 40 dives between Lembeh and Bunaken.
The dugong (Dugong dugon) is a large marine mammal, together with the manatees, is one of four living species of the order Sirenia.The dugong is the only strictly-marine herbivorous mammal, as all species of manatee utilise fresh water to some degree.
Like all modern sirenians, the dugong has a fusiform body with no dorsal fin or hind limbs, instead possessing paddle-like forelimbs used to manoeuvre. It is easily distinguished from the manatees by its fluked, dolphin-like tail, but also possesses a unique skull and teeth. The dugong is heavily dependent on seagrasses for subsistence and is thus restricted to the coastal habitats where they grow, with the largest dugong concentrations typically occurring in wide, shallow, protected areas such as bays, mangrove channels and the lee sides of large inshore islands.
The dugong has been hunted for thousands of years for its meat and oil, although dugong hunting also has great cultural significance throughout its range. The dugong’s current distribution is reduced and disjunct, and many populations are close to extinction. The IUCN lists the dugong as a species vulnerable to extinction.
After amazing dives, huge Napoleon wrasse, three black tip sharks, nudibranches, turtles….any place and time is good to have a bit of fun!! HERE FEW IDEAS!!
Just had a great dive on our house reef in Bunaken, the last dive of 2010! Appropriately my dive buddy was Ben (pictured right) – visiting us for the 8th time, he’s now done more dives on our house reef than me!!
A gentle drift, we saw lots nudibranchs, scorpionfish and lots of large reef fish like snappers & sweetlips.
Happy new year everyone!!
Megan was first to sign up and then her friend Julianne decided to come along for the fun as well! Both currently living and working in Indonesia – Megan and Julianne are really making the most of the world-class diving that this area has to offer and after diving round Bali and Bunaken, they fancied trying out Muck Diving in Lembeh (where else? It is the best place in the world!)
Not knowing what to really expect from Muck Diving, when they read about the course that we (Helen & Gizmo) had written and they decided this would be the ideal course for them to take. We spent time perfecting buoyancy skills and then on the second dive we were busy identifying symbiosis and different types of Muck Diving critters!
The critters were also out in force for the first Muck Diver course – we saw loads of Ambon Scorpion, Stargrazer, Wonderpus, Devil Ray, Juvenile Batfish, Frogfish…the list goes on and on…….
Two Fish Divers Lembeh wants to congratulate again Keno on completing his Junior Open Water Course with us this week. Keno and his Dad Ben are regular visitors to our Bunaken Resort but decided to start this trip a little differently be coming to Lembeh to do some Muck Diving and also to have Keno do his Open Water Dives.
Keno completed the skills and classroom sections of the course back home in Switzerland so only had to complete the 4 Open Water Dives. Having been around diving for so long, it wasn’t a surprise that he took to it like ‘ a duck to water’ as us English people would say. He flew through all the skills like a little pro and got to see some pretty cool critters – Leaf Scorpionfish, Pegasus Sea Moths, Flamboyant Cuttlefish, Waspfish and lots more.
We would like to wish Keno and Ben many happy dives together!