So yesterday in Lembeh we had many critters around for our guests here at Two Fish, in the morning everybody was privileged to see 6 x SEAHORSES (including the THORNY flavour), 4 x ROBUST GHOST PIPEFISH, LONG ARMED OCTOPUS, VELVETFISH, lots of FINGERED DRAGONETS & 1 x JUVENILE SEASNAKE. This morning we were also lucky enough to have 1 LEMBEH SEADRAGON (cheers for finding that one Leo!), many FROGFISH & also 2 x MIMIC OCTOPUS – lets see what everyone is lucky enough to find on the afternoon dive…
Here at Lembeh we’ve been having quite a good run of critters at the moment… Last night we saw a LEMBEH SEA DRAGON spotted and two TIGER SHRIMPS. This morning while we were heading out to our 1st dive site a pod of DOLPHINS went past us in the Lembeh Strait in between Magic Rock & Batu Sandar. Then when we did go under for the dive there were so many critters including JUVENILE AMBON SCORPIONFISH, two MIMIC OCTOPUSES and a few FROGFISH… the list goes on and on! This afternoon we saved a SARGASSUM FROGFISH as it was about to be washed up onto the beach with the incoming tide… It was safely put back onto a driftwood raft further out into sea!
We are having a awesome dives in Lembeh!!Mimic and wonderpus octopus, many hairy frogfish, pigmy and gulf seahorse, robust and robust ghost pipefish, coral cat shark, honshu pipefish and much more!!!
In late September / October we had Bent Christensen come and stay with for the second time this year – a true Lembeh addict!
The reason for his visit was mostly fun – trying to get in as many dives as possible in 14 days but he also wanted to spend more time looking at the tongue-eating parasites that he had found living the mouths of certain types of anemone fish on his first trip to Lembeh in 2010. What he found definitely made it a worthwhile trip.
Bent spent many minutes underwater fending off attacks from crazed Saddleback Anemone fish and saw that as high as 90% of fish on one carpet anemone can have this parasite. They have also been seen in the Spinecheek and Clarks Anemone fish as well. A trip to the local fish market with one of our cooks was also an interesting experience as he had most people in the market looking into fish mouths and managed to find a couple of the isopods still alive in the mouths of a couple of goatfish!
We are really looking forward to hearing more about this from Bent. Bent is quite a talented underwater photographer as you can see from the photo above, if you would like to see more of his photographs from his recent stay, please just follow this link: http://www.pbase.com/borneobent/lembeh
Next time you are diving, if you see an Anemone fish try and get close and see if there is a little isopod staring back at you!! Let us know if you find these crazy critters anywhere else in the world!
It has been a few weeks since letting you all know what’s been happening here at Two Fish Divers Lembeh.
We have continued to enjoy teaching – Lucy completed her Open Water and Advanced Course and Greg, Andrea and Meagan all completing their Advanced Open Water Course with us as well. We enjoyed great night dives and completed the Wreck Adventure Dive on the Kapal Indah wreck which home to some cool pink and purple Pygmy Seahorse, Batfish and a range of lovely Nudibranchs!
We have also been seeing a few critters that haven’t made an appearance for a while and they all seem to be hairy..! One of the coolest things we have seen was the Hairy Octopus which is extremely rare and had Gizmo our resort manager screaming with joy when he surfaced! This little critter is solitary and is usually found on a rubble bottom as he was on the photo here. The colour can range from white to cream to brown to red, either with a pattern of spots or not. From looking at it is easy to see why people mistake them for an Orangutan Crab or sea weed!
Also seen this week as well Hairy Ghost Pipefish and Hairy Frogfish. Non-Hairy critters have included Blue Ringed Octopus, Giant Frogfish, Painted and Warty Frogfish, Flamboyant Cuttlefish, Stargrazers and more!
It is going to be a busy time for the rest of October but keep an eye for updates on the critters that we will be seeing!