In Belongas, South Lombok this week we have had a huge amount of sightings of the Banded Sea Snake. Black colour with white bands running down their entire body. They are extremely graceful and are usually spotted swimming around sticking their heads into most rocks and crevices looking for food.
This week in Lembeh….We all get along! With so much action in the water these days the critters of Lembeh strait all hang out together. As seen here with a pair of coleman shrimp sharing their home with a Zebra Crab. Living atop a Fire urchin, these two are a great display of the co-existing that goes on here.
This week in South Lombok, Eels are giving their best. Most eels live in the shallow waters of the ocean and burrow into sand, mud, or amongst rocks. A majority of eel species are nocturnal, thus are rarely seen. Sometimes, they are seen living together in holes, or “eel pits”. Some species of eels also live in deeper water on the continental shelves and over the slopes deep as 4,000 m.
All the staff at Two Fish Divers Bunaken would like to say goodbye to Ina who has returned to Sweden. Ina, as well as performing her duties teaching recreational scuba diving courses in Bunaken, has been invaluable in assisting the technical department; in administration, as a support technical diver, and in keeping the technical instructor on the straight and narrow. Whilst at Bunaken, Ina gained experience technical diving both in backmount and sidemount configurations and she has had some interesting conditions to contend with. The currents on our wall dives here range from mild drifts to the bath plug being pulled beneath you; Ina has had her share of bathtimes and has dealt with them well. I can also honestly say that during her training I made sure that she had every possible problem to deal with; I’m not sure whether it has been the conditions here or her dive buddy that has led to a reluctance to go deep that often.