Cute Boxfish In Lembongan

Cute Boxfish In LembonganSo what exactly is a boxfish?

Besides being the cuties fish ever, the boxfish are small fish that mainly swim in the shallow areas of the warmer parts of the world’s oceans, like coral reefs. They spend their lives passively pruning algae and small invertebrates like crustaceans, worms, and sponges off rocks and coral with their tiny, cute mouths. Their body is rigid with hexagonal bony plates fused together to form a hard shell that encircles their interior, “real” skeletal framework. It has as well rounded corners that makes the animal distinctly rectangular in overall shape. Their shell is so amazing that it has been used as a bionic inspiration for automobile design!

How cool is that?!

50M + Visibility at Bunaken!

50M+ Visibility at Bunaken! Sounds too good to be true? Well it came with a cost; the visibility was easily better than 50m- you could see forever but it was due to almost a 10C thermocline!

Water temp at the surface was a nice 28-29C which dropped a little on the way down but the upwelling dropped temps to 20C! This of course brought with it a heap of fish activity; we had sharks, a monster Napoleon wrasse, loads of dogtooth tuna, jacks and emperors. All in all it was an awesome dive, and as we left bottom back into the warmth we thought we had experienced the eventful part of the dive.

Hawksbill Turtles in Belongas, South Lombok

Bunaken turtle at LeukuanDown here in Belongas, South Lombok….this week we have seen an awful lot of Hawksbill turtles. It has been known to see them on occasion at our Dive sites “Gili Sarang” and “The Cathedral” but we have even run into them at “the Magnet” earlier in the week. “A lovely way to end the dive, we have been so lucky” said the group of Instructor’s and Dive master’s from Gili islands, not only did they see the Turtles they also saw a Big school of Hammerheads, Great Barracuda, 7 White tip reef sharks, Eagle rays,  Bamboo sharks, Lobsters and Grouper!!

It’s Melibe Madness!

It’s Melibe Madness!This week in Lembeh…. It’s Melibe Madness! We have been seeing Green Melibe’s (Melibe Viridis) Nudibranchs in quite a few different spots. These large and odd looking Nudies can grow up to 12cm and are usually found searching the ground with their oral hood for its next meal. Dom was able to see a few on his short visit from our sister dive shop in Bunaken. He was also very happy to see his very first Stargazer.

Eels in south gilis in Lombok

Eels in south gilis in LombokThis week in South Lombok, Eels are giving their best. Most eels live in the shallow waters of the ocean and burrow into sand, mud, or amongst rocks. A majority of eel species are nocturnal, thus are rarely seen. Sometimes, they are seen living together in holes, or “eel pits”. Some species of eels also live in deeper water on the continental shelves and over the slopes deep as 4,000 m.

We get Freaky.

We get Freaky.This week in Lembeh…. We get Freaky. Like something horror movies were made from, The famed Bobbit worm (Eunice aphroditois) is some divers dream to see. Seen during the night, these creepy critters can grow to a length of 3m, waiting to snatch their pray and drag them down into the earth. Victoria has been wanting and waiting to see one for as long as she can remember. Since the first time she saw one featured in a magazine, this has been her prize. She was lucky enough to see one on her first night dive and was dancing for the next few days.

Many spotted Eagle ray in Belongas, South Lombok

eagle rayIn Belongas, South Lombok…. Eagle Rays have been especially playful this week. We see them in “The Magnet” almost every time, usually 2 but sometimes it goes up to 5. They tend to hang out at around 20-30 meters but recently they have been rising up to 15. Luckily for our divers they got a fantastic welcoming for most of their dive. As we start at 30 meters and slowly make our way up the ray’s arranged themselves to the same profile.

Cold Bonanza in Lembeh!

Cool marine life found diving in LembehThis Week in Lembeh…. There is a Cold Bonanza! Waters have been slowly chilling the last past weeks in the strait, dropping to a much cooler 24deg. Where as this may not sound pleasant, life is exploding all over the place. We are getting more sightings of Cephalopods, Nudibranchs, Shrimps, Crabs, the water is really alive. Night dive’s have been going out on a daily basis with Bobtailed squid, long arm octopus, squids, congregating sea hares, and many more critters being highlights.

Frogfish, south gilis Lombok

Giant Frogfish in South Gili IslandsGrey giant frogfish or commerson’s frogfish at the south gilis. This beauty can grow up to 38 cm and can change their coloration in a few.  But he is not alone we found on top at our dive site “gili ringit east”another green one. This week in Lombok we saw also: white leaffish; orang utan crap; hairy spider crap; pygmy seahorse; turtle and many more!

We had Hilde and Marcel diving with us. They saw a frogfish for the first time. They liked our grey friend and said: “Breathtaking and amazing what the sea is creating…”

Halimeda ghost pipefish in Bunaken

Halimeda ghost pipefish in surprisingly cold Bunaken waterThis week in Bunaken… Dive guide Rolly really made the day for his divers, Magnus and Jonas from Denmark, when he found this stunning pair of halimeda ghost pipefish on the dive site Alung Banua. Halimeda ghost pipefish are very rare and sought after by many macro enthusiasts so we are super excited to have them here. Seeing that this is a pair we are hoping that they are going to hang around for a while! (Thank you Jonas for the photo!)