Hairy Squat Lobster Lands in Lembeh

Hairy Squat Lobster Lands in Lembeh

The Hairy Squat Lobster is one little critter our guests delight in seeing here in Lembeh. This photo was taken by our guests, Victor and Lynn. The scientific name for this guy is Lauriea Siagiani but they are also known as Anomura Crab, Fairy Lobster, Hairy Pink Lobster, Barrel Sponge Crab and Fairy Crab. They…

Halimeda ghost pipefish

Halimeda Ghost Pipefish our favourite fish in Bunaken this week

The Halimeda ghost pipefish was our favourite fish in Bunaken this week. We have a couple of divesites around Bunaken where the trained eyes of our diveguides find that cutie-pie! Here is some info about the rarity from Wikipedia: “Halimeda ghost pipefish, Solenostomus halimeda, is a species of false pipefishes belonging to the family Solenostomidae.…

unicorn fish

The Unicorn Fish in Lembongan that changes color

This week on Lembongan some of our guests spotted one of the most unique looking fish on the planet, the Unicorn Fish. The unicorn fish has a long horn that protrudes from the top of its head but biologists are unsure of the purpose of it. It isn’t used as a weapon or swimming aid,…

dugong

Amazing week in Bunaken with the Dugong

What an amazing week in Bunaken! We had sunshine and calm seas the whole week and one amazing creature after the other was spotted! At Mandolin we saw four Dugongs in the shallows including a baby Dugong! At Fukui we had the nice surprise of a Mola Mola which gently cruised by! And to top…

Woggegong

Amazing Wobbegong shark in Manta Point, Lembongan

This week in Lembongan some of our guests had an amazing dive at Manta Point and discovered a pretty rare species of sharks: a Wobbegong. Wobbegongs are bottom-dwelling sharks and pretty hard to spot, because they are very well camouflaged and rest on sea floors or hide under rocks. Their symmetrical pattern resembles a carpet…

Mimic Octopus

Mimic Octopus, House Reef, Muck Diving, Amed, Bali

This week in Amed, we encountered the very in demand Mimic Octopus; a “must-have” subject for underwater photographers, our specialty here in Amed. It holds this name because of its ability to impersonate other local species by changing its skin color and texture and literally blend with its environment. All thanks to what is called the…

orangutan crab

Orangutan Crab is a cool sighting in Bunaken

We see Orangutan crab or Achaeus japonicus quite regularly and they are always cool critters when they wave with their little claws. You find them usually in bubble coral or anemone’s. They have relatively longs arms and are reddish or brown and quite often have a bit of debris stuck on their hairy arms. We had a…

winged-pipefish-gili

Winged pipefish on Gili Islands

This week, our dive guide Andy was proofing his ability to spot the smallest and most amazing creatures you can find here on the Gili Islands like winged pipefish, hairy shrimps, ghost pipefish and some amazing looking nudibranchs. And of course, the usual encounters with black tip reef sharks, white tip reef sharks and some…