For the uninitiated, as we were, this entails roasting Marshmallows over the barbeque and sandwiching them between Gran biscuits with chocolate. A very messy treat! Both the staff and the guests had a very messy and enjoyable time. Zack had two helpings!
A big thanks to Tom and Karen for lugging everything from the States.
Here are a selection of Some of their wonderful photos, above & below the water!
Wonderpus (Wonderpus photogenicus) are solitary octopodes, who are usually buried themselves in the sand in the shallows. They will display a brown and white stripped pattern when agitated or hunting. This pattern and its ‘stalked’ eyes makes them easy to recognize.
However many people mistake the Wonderpus for the Mimic Octopus when they first come across it and to the untrained eye this is quite understandable. The Wonderpus is smaller and its stripes are more defined than those of the Mimic Octopus. Also the Wonderpus is just happy being himself and so doesn’t spend time pretending to be other critters to amuse divers!
Thank you to Nasfay Bela for allowing us to use this beautiful shot of the Wonderpus. Check an eye out on future blogs for more of his amazing shots!
We had some great diving last week. The blue-ring octopus and mola-mola captured the headlines, but we also saw clown frog-fish, a brown pontohi sea horse as well as the normal white one, and robust & ornate ghost-pipe fish.
We also had some incredible night dives – marble shrimps, sponge-crabs and other small crabs.
Bunaken gets alot of critters but they are alot harder to photograph than Lembeh!
To the left is her prize-winning shot of an Elysia ornata eating. This species has a yellow transparent body and has black and yellow small spots. It also has a curly orange edge and black lines at the mantle. They can grow up to 4 cm and they are found mostly in rubble or sandy areas. Below are the other two shots that she submitted to the competition!
Ann and her husband Les, enjoyed another two weeks of great diving here in Lembeh and I know that Ann is going to enter again this year!! If you are interested in entering then click on the below for more information on the prizes and how you can enter!
This week we said goodbye to Luke & Meagan. They were with us initially for 6weeks for their DM Internship, then they decided to extend by another 1-2 months to do their Instructor Internship (this included their Instructor Development Course, IDC).
Thanks for all your help guys (with guests, courses, diving, etc) and good luck with your diving careers!