A favourite part of our job is sitting with the guests and looking over their photos and talking about what they have seen during their day (or night) of diving.
In order to get ‘The Shot’ you need to often be in the right place at the right time and Ricardo’s photo of the Lizardfish devouring his lunch is one of those such photos! This is one of my favourite guest photos ever!
The Coconut octopus (Octopus marginatus) are often seen in the Lembeh Straits and cause much amusement to divers as they make use of anything they can find to ‘hide’ in! This one stuck to a couple of shells he found on the bottom! You usually find them in in shallow water in areas of sand, mud and rubble. It is active during the night. It typically has a dark colour pattern when exposed, contrasting with its snow-white suckers as you can see here!
Bobtail Squid (Euprymna berryi) are the real cuties! We often find them at night half buried in the sand or rubble bottoms of the Straits. It uses its triangular fins to bury itself into the substrate and its arms to cover itself with sand grains.
Thank you again to Ricardo for these pictures and we hope you come back soon to take some more!!
What better way to spend your days off than learning to dive??! That is what Elodie did when she was given a few days leave from her project work here in North Sulawesi!
Elodie took to diving like a professional and breezed through the classroom sessions, confined skills and also all the open water dives. She was lucky enough to see some of the rare Lembeh Critters on her dives including the Flamboyant Cuttlefish, Pegasus Sea Moth and a Blue-Ringed Octopus. One of the coolest things we saw on the course was snake ell enjoying his lunch of Lizardfish! It was an amazing sight to see as he came about a metre out of his hole to capture his prey!
It was an absolute pleasure (and we had lots of laughs!) to teach Elodie and we hope to see her back on Lembeh soon!
What did you do last Sunday morning? I decided to go for a dive with my camera and our new DM student, Phillipa, and we came across some mating turtles. This is the first time I have seen this in 11 years of diving here, and it was amazing!
I managed to get some close up shots of the female before the male arrived and Phillipa got some distance shots of the action – I had my macro lens on so was lucky to get the close-ups!
Lets hope its not another 11 years before we see this again!
Cheers – Nigel
Just wanted to say congratulations to Charig and Jop on comlpleting their Open Water courses with us.
Charig had to leave yesterday but Jop is stayed on for another day, he loves diving so much that he decided to do the Deep Diver from the advanced course and is now exploring the walls of Bunaken to 30m!
Hope to see you both again, happy diving!
They spent the week fun diving and doing some courses – EFR, Advanced course & Nitrox speciality.
On their last night we gave them a special romantic dinner on the beach by the sea with a nice bottle of red wine (sorry, it was Argentinian wine!).
We had great fun with them, and we hope that they will visit us on their anniversary next year!