In late September / October we had Bent Christensen come and stay with for the second time this year – a true Lembeh addict!
The reason for his visit was mostly fun – trying to get in as many dives as possible in 14 days but he also wanted to spend more time looking at the tongue-eating parasites that he had found living the mouths of certain types of anemone fish on his first trip to Lembeh in 2010. What he found definitely made it a worthwhile trip.
Bent spent many minutes underwater fending off attacks from crazed Saddleback Anemone fish and saw that as high as 90% of fish on one carpet anemone can have this parasite. They have also been seen in the Spinecheek and Clarks Anemone fish as well. A trip to the local fish market with one of our cooks was also an interesting experience as he had most people in the market looking into fish mouths and managed to find a couple of the isopods still alive in the mouths of a couple of goatfish!
We are really looking forward to hearing more about this from Bent. Bent is quite a talented underwater photographer as you can see from the photo above, if you would like to see more of his photographs from his recent stay, please just follow this link: http://www.pbase.com/borneobent/lembeh
Next time you are diving, if you see an Anemone fish try and get close and see if there is a little isopod staring back at you!! Let us know if you find these crazy critters anywhere else in the world!
Here is a picture of her Ghost pipefish, check out more of Sharon’s photo’s from Bunaken.
Thanks Sharon for her pictures!
We love Night Dives here at Two Fish Divers Lembeh and we were eager to go out and see what was hiding out on our house reef. Usually we go out around 6pm for night dives but we decided to see what comes out to play later on.
After allowing our dinner to settle, we kitted up and walked into the house reef with our torches on and submerged ourselves into the darkness.
We headed straight down to the area where we have started to develop an artificial reef ( how to come on this soon!) to see what hangs around there later at night. We came across a huge Spanish Dancer which most have been at least 40-50cm long and at least 15cm wide!! It was so large, Bent (one of the guests who decided to come with us!) couldn’t get the whole thing into one picture! We were out there again the night before last and we are glad to say that this huge beauty is still hanging around out there.
We also saw plenty of Cleaner Shrimps, Boxer Shrimp and Commensal shrimp as well as different types of crabs, squid, moray eels and a large Banded Snake Eel what was out of his hole hunting!
More good news is that we have seen mating Manadarinfish again in the stag horn corals on our house reef. It
If anyone has any photos of some of the cool critters that they saw on a night dive here in Lembeh, then please send it through to us @ email@example.com and we get it posted for everyone to see!
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!