THIS WEEK IN LEMBONGAN….It seems that its March Manta Madness still as we have been in the water with lots this past week. Maybe part of that is to do with the wonderful lecture we had from Queen of Mantas Andrea Marshall and maybe part is because of their recent CITES appendix 2 listing so they are coming out to celebrate, either way, its been amazing. Today at least 12 on a dive. Elsewhere we have had squat lobsters, nudis, orang utan crabs, octopus and hawksbill turtles.
Check out Black CITES, a new melanisitc manta which was ‘discovered’ on the very day that mantas were protected (march 14th).
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THIS WEEK IN BUNAKEN……..We have been experiencing some colder patches in the water, but we have been seeing many creatures. John our DMT again asked for the divers highlights. We have seen Giant Trevally, Tuna, Napoleon Wrasse, Bumphead Parrot fish, some large Porcupine fish, Robust Ghost Pipefish, White Mouth Moray, Mandarin fish, Leaf Scorpion fish, Reef Stone fish, Porcelain crabs, Orangutan Crabs, Candy crabs, Boxer crabs, Squat lobsters, Crinoid shrimps, Coral shrimps, Demon Stringer, Clown Blennies, Clown Trigger fish, Tiger Cowie, Yellow Trumpet fish, Long nose Hawk fish, Baribanti and Pontohi Pygmy Seahorses. There were also dolphins playing around the boat. Great! Thanks to Kenneth for the photo of the Boxer crab.
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Here’s a little video of those awesome molas we saw recently. Thanks to Jop and Thomas for the footage and starring in it!
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THIS WEEK IN LEMBEH……..Hui has been checking off his wish list. Octopus – Blue-Ring Octopus, Coconut Octopus, Long Armed Octopus, Mimic Octopus & Wonderpus. Check. Frogfish – Hairy, Painted, Giant & Warty. Check. Seahorses – Bargibanti, Denise, Severns & Pontohi. Check. He also saw Flamboyant cuttlefish, Tiger Shrimp, Bumblebee shrimp, Harlequin Shrimp, Candy crabs and lots of Nudibranch. Thanks for the photo Hui!
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Week 1 of Divemaster Internship in Bunaken
Another week done as a divemaster intern. Halfway there. Wow .. how much I’ve learned! I spent time with instructor Dion in a Rescue Diver course, and was happy to both observe the skills and get some practice and refresher myself. We worked in both the confined environment of the swimming pool and then took it all to the open water and performed the skills there. There were instructional deep dives, drift dives, navigation dives, and even managed a little fun diving