This week in Lembeh…. This is Cheerleading Lembeh Style! We have been seeing our own versions of pom pom wielding cheerleaders in our waters. The cute yet elusive Boxer crab (Lybia) is a type of small crab from the Xanthidae family. They are most recognizable from the pom pom like anemones they carry in their claws. Though very shy our guides have a knack for finding these small guys.
This week in lembeh…… Black Is Back!! Not to sound redundant but it is worth mentioning, This is the Second Black hairy frogfish seen this year! This rare color variation of the hairy frogfish is an incredible find. So far they have been seen nestled near big groups of fire urchins. Our guests didn’t know what to look at because 5 meters away a mimic octopus was swimming about as well!
This week in Lembeh… We welcome new everything! To start we have finally received our new Fiberglass boat! The KM Karunia has joined us fresh out of the shop and after a few tweaks will be ready for use to lead our fleet.
This week in Lembeh…. Puff?….Puff?….Nah Pass… One thing we do not lack here in the Lembeh strait diving is puffer fish. Like this juvenile star puffer fish they can come in an assortment of colors, patterns, and sizes. Ranging from <5cm to >100cm these slow and awkward fish have an odd method of defense. Though preferring to run away, puffer fish can inflate their bodies in attempt to become too large for a predator to eat. They do this by taking in large amounts of water, or air if on the surface, which can increase their size by 2-3 times! This does put quite a lot of stress on the puffers body and in the case of inflating with air, can be very dangerous for the puffer. As with any marine creature it is very discouraged to harass them to prompt this behavior. These cute and passive fish should be enjoyed by viewing from a distance, allowing them to enjoy a hassle free day.
This week in Lembeh….Even the critters think its Jaw Dropping Good! It’s been a busy week under water with things popping up all over the place and happy smiles from our diving guests. Even this hairy frogfish was shocked to see how good its been. With a new wave of guests and a new Divemaster Trainee things around Lembeh Diving have been bustling with activity.
This Earth Day, all Two Fish dive centres took to the beach and to the oceans to clean up the amazing earth that we all live on.
This week in Lembeh….. Nudies Nudies Nudies. Not quite the x-rated action you are thinking about…well actually it is…. We have been seeing mating action in the strait. From Nudibranchs mating to laying eggs, the whole life cycle can be seen right here. With an abundant number of different species in nudibranchs, to try an see them all, seems like an impossible task. They range from the tiny sap sucking slugs to the much larger pleurobranchaea and everything in between. Different sizes, shapes, and colors make them an exciting part of Lembehs critter hunt.
This week in Lembeh …. Harlequin Shrimp pose for the cameras. The beautiful Harlequin Shrimp (Hymenocera Picta), have been spotted on a number of sights around Lembeh lately. Often living in pairs, these usually shy critters have taken a few moments to pose for our guests. They are most recognizable for the unique blue or purple spots upon their white exterior, almost having a flowery pattern. They feed exclusively on starfish and are well equipped for doing so. Sadly they are highly prized in the aquarium trade, but here in the strait our guests have been seeing them O’natural.
This week in Lembeh…. The question is “ To Shave or Not To Shave in Lembeh”. Here in Lembeh there is no shortage of “Hairy” critters, bearded on the other hand is another story. The bearded goby is one that is sought out specifically for the 9-o-clock shadow it sports. Also known as a Hairy goby or Bearded papa, the Yellow coral goby (Paragoiodon Xanthosoma) is one cute yet timid critter. We are lucky to have many residing in our house reef at the moment, though that doesn’t make getting a picture of one any easier. A lot of patience is needed, also a bit of luck to get that perfect shot as they tend to be quite skittish.
So I have had 2 weeks in Lembeh now and I feel like I have entered a completely different world of diving. Once you think things can’t better they always do. I am fully into my dive master training course which is seriously intense but so much fun at the same time. Here in Lembeh I have had many new experiences such as muck diving, wreck diving and night diving.
This week in Lembeh…. Cephalopods say hello. With the number of cephalopods being seen, guests are wondering if they can go a dive without seeing one! Between all the sightings of blue ringed octopus, Wonderpus, Mimics, Broad club cuttlefish, Bigfin reef squid, bobtailed squid, just to name a few, its been hard to find time to fit in the frogfish, sea moths, squat lobsters, nudies, etc. Not that anyone has been complaining, we have been seeing many happy faces dive after dive.
This week in Lembeh….. first times can be amazing! We have gotten so many first timers to Lembeh this week. All new to muck diving, to say the least, they have all been pleasantly surprised with the amount of life within the sands. We have been getting so many “whats that fish…..” questions, its hard to keep up!
This week in Lembeh….. we like sinking boats! We were able to add a new structure to our house reef this week, it came in the shape of one of our old transport boats. With the help of Dom and Ina, from Bunaken, we anchored down the boat just on the slope of our house reef as another artificial structure. DMT Philippa and Gerri helped in scouting the location for it and all the guides were very enthusiastic getting the boat and anchors out to the drop site. Plenty of lifting and sinking devices were used to make the project go off without a hitch. Now all we have to do is wait for the critters to find their new home!
As rubbish in our oceans is a big problem, and as part of my Eco Divemaster Internship I had to organize a Project Aware Dive Against Debris reef cleaning. So last Friday an intrepid group of 8 divers (some were even volunteers) went to one of the Two Fish dive sites and after I gave my first dive briefing, we descended into what looked to be basically an underwater rubbish dump.
This week in Lembeh…. Dragons have been seen! One thing high on many peoples list to see is the Lembeh sea dragon (Kyonemichthys Rumengani). This, fortunately hasn’t been hard to find lately. Discovered only in 2006, these little guys can grow to a staggering 4cm, and despite the name can be found throughout Indonesia and some parts of Malaysia.
I arrived in Lembeh fresh out of my Rescue Diver training and excited to start my Divemaster Internship. After being presented with my timetable for the first three weeks, I went to bed that night in fear and trepidation – what had I got myself into?
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.
This week in Lembeh…. We have be deviating from our usual schedule with Dawn dives and Day trips. As per request from guests, diving has been taking a different look than usual. Though the one thing that doesn’t change is the quality of diving and things we see!
This week in Lembeh …. we have been cleaning up the oceans and leaving happy fish to enjoy cleaner waters. A Dive against debris organized by Georgia, as part of her DMT course, got the whole resort including all guests involved in helping our oceans. It was a great success and we want to thank everyone that participated!
This week in Lembeh… Pygmy Seahorses were just wrecked! Though it would be funny to see a drunk pygmy seahorse, they usually are just high on life but scattered throughout one of our shipwrecks. The Mawali wreck, an old Japanese cargo ship from the Second World War, has Bargibanti seahorses all over the place. That’s just one of many highlights that have got our guests asking to go.
This week in Lembeh we welcomed in the New Year watching a flashy firework display. Likewise the waters have exploded with their own firework display in the form of Nudibranch’s. It’s been a Nudi New Years so far, everything from Pikachu to Malibeh to Warty to Solar, and every color under the sun.