In Belongas, South Lombok this week we have had one of the most pure natural experiences with the Banded Sea Snake (Laticauda Colubrine), showing off their elegance, flexibility and outstanding hunting skills. Although extremely venomous, the banded sea snake has no interest in us divers what so ever. Their food of choice is mainly eels and small fish which we have an abundance of here in Belongas!
This week in Lembeh…. Lembeh is where Frogfish shine! Like this Juvenile Painted Frogfish, they have been popping up everywhere lately. Hairy, Giant, Painted, Warty, all have been making an appearance. Always a favorite with divers the frogfish come is all sorts of colours, markings and sizes. They often blend in quite well with their surroundings, but not always…. Sometimes they really stand out. Makes you think “Who are you trying to fool!?” While fishing, sleeping, yawning or doing anything else, slow and steady is the case with them. Rarely will they be in a rush for anything.
This week in the South Gili Islands, Lombok … we saw a growing number of Flabellina funeka. The purple lady nudibranch or Flabellina funeka, is a species of aeolid nudibranch, and is a very colourful sea slug. It is usually smaller than 45 mm. It has annulate purple rhinophores with pale tips.
The bright colours of the purple lady serve to advertise to predators that it is toxic.