In May much of Manado and Bunaken was hit by Conjuctivitus, aka Red eye. This is a very contagious eye infection, and since it is a virus the only remedy is eye drops to stop any secondary bacterial infection. Everyone seemed to get over it fairly quickly (2-5 days) by the use of eye drops or the more tradition local remedy, breast milk!
The infection had been passed through our staff families. The staff were very careful, and it was not passed on to guests on the resort, with the exception of a group of divers who seemed to have contracted it after visiting the village. It didn’t stop them from diving though!
We had hoped that we had seen the back of it, but after hearing reports from around Indonesia and other Asian countries, we were not surprised when a guest from Singapore bought it back to Bunaken last week.
With its return it seems to have favored the guests, and we would like to apologize to any of our guests who have contracted this infection. We are taking all reasonable precautions on the resort and hope this most recent bout will finish in the next couple of days.
‘WHAT?!’, you all cry!
We couldn’t believe it either when Andrea and Martin ,two of our recent guests, surfaced from an afternoon house reef dive talking at the speed of light.
‘Did I hear you correctly?’, I asked, ‘Did you say Mandarin fish?!’
They then went onto explain that they were investigating one of the large patches of Staghorn Coral and they saw a large 4-5cm Mandarin fish darting in and out of the coral. Andrea and Martin were completing their dive between 3-4pm and Mandarin fish are usually seen at dusk, when they come out to mate!
Unfortunately he was moving too quickly and so Andrea was unable to get a photo (which we really wanted for all you non-believers out there! The photo above is from a Mandarin dive not too long ago) but we are hoping to get out there tomorrow to check him out ourselves!
(That’s the local police, not Sting & the police!) On Saturday 26th June, Two Fish Divers, Bunaken, went over to Hari Bhayangkara in Manado to join the Police in their birthday celebrations. They threw a big event with beach and underwater clean up along the coast line of Manado.
Everyone gathered in Kalimas (Manado Harbour), at 8:00am, beginning with an opening ceremony by Mr Kapolda (the Head of Regional Police) and the Mayor of Manado. Crowds gathered and everyone was very excited, raring to go, and all sporting matching ‘I Love Police’ t-shirts.
Each group was appointed a different area to clean up, so we could cover a larger area. Mr Kapolda and his team went out on jetski to cover the surface clean up. Wakapolda (Deputy Head of Regional Police) and Kapoltabes (Head of City Police) went out with dive companies on their boats to also cover the clean up on the surface. Dive centers gathered on their company boats, including a team from Two Fish Divers, to cover the underwater clean up.
The whole day was a very successful one, with plenty of rubbish gathered in huge bags to be deposited in giant yellow bins provided for the event. We hope we have helped to raise awareness to the locals of Manado to take care of where they throw their rubbish in the future, and protect our underwater world.
During the month of May we had Johan and Bets from The Netherlands enjoy a few days diving with us at Two Fish Divers Lembeh. They had spent lots of time in Bunaken practicing their ‘wide-angle’ photography and so were excited about being in Lembeh to get some macro shots as well!
This Coconut Octopus was feeling a little down when he had lost his coconut but when he came across this jar, he decided that coconuts were not necessary anymore for him!! In Lembeh we often see Octopeds using anything that they can get their arms on to hide in – wood, bottles and cups!!
These Orangutan Crabs (Achaeus japonicus) look to be having fun bouncing around on this Bubble Coral. Orangutan crabs are small spider crab that can be found also in soft corals and red algae. As you can probably guess the body is covered with long red, orange or purple hair for camouflage.
The beautiful specimen is a Harlequin Shrimp (Hymenocera elegans). They are rarely seen due to the fact they only tend to leave the shelter of their crevice to find a unsuspecting starfish for their next meal. They look all pretty and nice but they keep the starfish alive as long as possible by eating the legs first and leaving the central disk for their final feast!!
Thank you again Johan for sending these and all the others through to us, we really enjoyed looking at them! Next time you come, you can do a presentation to other guest with our new projector and screen!!
Lisa Scott, from the United States, came back for her second visit with Two Fish Divers. During her stay in Bunaken, with many dives on our amazing walls and with a camera in tow, Lisa captured some beautiful photos of typical days diving. We were very lucky to receive five of her favourite photos to share with everyone, including critters and larger sea life common to Bunaken, which are always loved by every diver.
Starring first is a favourite to all, the Green Turtle, a friendly chap who likes to hang around at one of our dive sites, Lekuan 1. A sweet little Bubble Coral Shrimp trying to hide, a beautiful Nudibranch from the Chromodorididae Family, an elegant Whitemouth Moray Eel, and a colourful Smashing Mantis Shrimp, who are known to have a quick and fierce strike to catch their prey, and also to use as a defense weapon.
Thank you very much Lisa for your great photos, and come back to see us soon!