Nudies Nudies Nudies

Nudies Nudies NudiesThis 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.

Harlequin Shrimp Pose

Harlequin Shrimp PoseThis 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.

Blue ringed octopus makes an appearance

blue ringed octopus makes an appearanceThis week in Bunaken… Bunaken is mostly known for its breathtaking wall diving and abundance of chilled out turtles. So you can imagine the surprise (followed my squeals of joy) when a blue ringed octopus was found by instructor Dion during a night dive on Lekuan III. The little guy was not shy at all and the divers could enjoy watching him for minutes as he moved over the sand and flashed his deadly blue rings. (Photo: Ina Wallin)

To Shave or Not To Shave in Lembeh

To Shave or Not To Shave in LembehThis 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.

Angela Week 2-4 – Completely Different World

Angela Week 2-4 - Completely Different WorldSo 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.

The eagle rays are back!

Eagle rays are backThis week in Bunaken… Eagle rays are in general a fairly common sight here in Bunaken. In the beginning of the year we did however notice a dip in sightings, but they now seem to be back in numbers. They are seen on almost every dive at the moment! And considering how easy it is to just look on the reef walls for cool critters you can only imagine how many cruise by unnoticed behind us. It is always a great treat to have one of those large rays swim past with that cheeky looking face. They look like they just got away with some mischief!

Cephalopods say Hello

Cephalopods say HelloThis 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.

Whales and dolphins!

Long fin batfishThis week in Bunaken… Going between dive sites might not be the most exciting part of a dive day, but this week the divers were treated to something special when a small pod of pilot whales made an appearance and swam alongside the boat for a few minutes! A couple of days later a pod of dolphins put up a great show with jumps high out of the water on the way from the dive site Siladen.

We Like Sinking Boats

We like sinking boatsThis 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!

Dive Against Debris on my Eco Divemaster Internship

Dive Against DebrisAs 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.

We Love our Frogfish!

we love our frogfishThis 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.