This week in Lembeh…. we love our frogfish! One thing we are not lacking here in Lembeh is frogfish. From the family Antennariidae, these fun angler fish come in all sizes and color. As an ambush predator they are often found waiting and waving its lure to attract an unsuspecting meal. This is one reason it is one of the favorite creatures for photographers. We have been seeing everything from Giant frogfish to the tiny Randalls frogfish this week.
This week in Lembeh….. We see babies …. Completely opposite to seeing dead people, we have been seeing the beginnings of life over here. Everything from Peacock Mantis shrimps with eggs to Flamboyant Cuttlefish eggs. This well proves life is always starting over here in the strait!
This week in Lembeh…. we say bland can be beautiful?? For such an amazing creature, the common seahorse’s (Hippocampus kuda) name does not do it justice. Our guest have seen plenty this week and still love everyone. As we have just passed Valentines day lets share a few fun romantic facts about the Seahorse.
-Seahorse mate for life.
-Courtship dances can last up to 8 hours.
-When in pairs they prefer to link tails and travel together.
-The male carries the eggs till they hatch.
This Week in Lembeh… Rhinopias have returned! We have been seeing a Paddle Flap Scorpionfish, Rhinopias eschmeyeri, fairly consistently on one of our dives. These rare scorpionfish are a real treat when found. This one, still a juvenile, is only about 3 inches big was found by Nicole who has been staying with us for about 2 months now! Last time she visited she also found 2 Rhinopias!
This week in Lembeh….Octopus “Rain” the straight. You never know which way to look because octopus have been everywhere, even falling from the sky. We were able to watch a lopsided battle between a crab and a coconut octopus mere inches from the surface. As the octopus floated back down to join us, 8m deep, it clutched it’s prize tightly.