Yesterday our guest Selina and our head guide John had the privilege of enjoy diving with a dugon in Ron’s point!! The dive start with three black tip sharks and after 20 min they spotted the dugon who stayed with them until they were low on air!! Great last day diving in Bunaken for Selina who did over 40 dives between Lembeh and Bunaken.
The dugong (Dugong dugon) is a large marine mammal, together with the manatees, is one of four living species of the order Sirenia.The dugong is the only strictly-marine herbivorous mammal, as all species of manatee utilise fresh water to some degree.
Like all modern sirenians, the dugong has a fusiform body with no dorsal fin or hind limbs, instead possessing paddle-like forelimbs used to manoeuvre. It is easily distinguished from the manatees by its fluked, dolphin-like tail, but also possesses a unique skull and teeth. The dugong is heavily dependent on seagrasses for subsistence and is thus restricted to the coastal habitats where they grow, with the largest dugong concentrations typically occurring in wide, shallow, protected areas such as bays, mangrove channels and the lee sides of large inshore islands.
The dugong has been hunted for thousands of years for its meat and oil, although dugong hunting also has great cultural significance throughout its range. The dugong’s current distribution is reduced and disjunct, and many populations are close to extinction. The IUCN lists the dugong as a species vulnerable to extinction.
After amazing dives, huge Napoleon wrasse, three black tip sharks, nudibranches, turtles….any place and time is good to have a bit of fun!! HERE FEW IDEAS!!
Today again we found a blue ring octopus in Bunaken, this time in Lekuan I. They have a awesome dive, right at the beginning the giant turtle, two minutes later an eagle ray passing by, and later blue ring octopus!!!!All this just in the first 5 minutes of the dive!!!!!Great last dives for Amanda and Lasse, who are leaving tomorrow after few weeks with us in Lembeh and Bunaken. Also congratulations to Lasse for his
Advance course and for showing so much interest in learning every little thing and much more!!!!!Thank you very much to Alex for the pictures!!
Sunday was last day with us for Fabian, Gessa, Phillip and Nickie. They spent three weeks in both resorts, Lembeh and Bunaken. As they were taking beautiful pictures and we all wanted to watch them we set up our big screen in the cafe and after dinner we all enjoy the critter that we can find in north Sulawesi.
Thank you to Phillip Ayres and Fabian Buttner for sharing the photos with us!!An hope to see you again!!
Yesterday we organize a trip to Nain island, the northern most island in the Bunaken National Park. Nain is about one hour an a half from Two Fish, and when looking for hammerheads you need to be in the water early morning, so we depart really early!!
Diving in NAIN has similar topography to the rest with impressive steep walls. Jalan Masuk offers the only way in for boat traffic due to the huge fringing reef that surrounds the island. There is often great viz of 35 meters and above and myriad smaller reef fish living in the coral plateaus here. Also place for strong currents.
A large very deep pinnacle starts at 40 meters with caves at 60 but this is beyond recreational limits, possible with tec diving offer by Two fish…
Due to its remoteness from the other islands there is always the prospect of an encounter with big visitors , maybe even hammerheads or pilot whales. And that is what we were looking for……no luck this time for hammerheads but they still have a good dive and did found a impressive school of jack fish. We will keep trying!!!