This week in Bunaken… Divers have started to see the result of all the eggs that were seen over the last couple of months. Now there are babies everywhere! The tiniest little Nemos hiding away in anemones, golden damsel fish blending in with fan corals and the most gorgeous little cuttlefish babies stood their ground against the divers during a PADI specialty night dive. Thank you Phil Clarke for the beautiful photo of a mama Nemo protecting her eggs!
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 Lombok …last week we had a lot of new sights at our fantastic dive site in South Lombok “the Sand”. We saw a achaeus japonicus, sometimes known as the orang-utan crab. With a carapace of only about 2 centimetres or 0.8 inches in diameter, which are thickly covered with fine hairs, red or reddish brown in colour. It is frequently, but not always, found in association with the bubble coral and often laden with small bits of debris for further camouflage.
This week in Lembongan… We know we are becoming repetitive! But seeing a whale shark again just a week after spotting one, is just a big deal for us. This time some of the divers were lucky enough to see it during their dive on the north coast of Nusa Penida. And it was a much bigger specimen than the one that has been spotted last week.
This week in Bunaken… Divers got wrecked this week when we ran a PADI Wreck Diving Specialty Course on the shipwreck that is near the mainland, not far from Manado. The shipwreck is not visited very often as it is exposed to the elements with, at time, low visibility and strong currents. None of that this time though and the divers could enjoy clear, calm waters.
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 Lombok … last week we saw ornate ghostpipefish, as well as some other favourites like Crocodilefish, Orangutan Crab, Leaffish and so much more!!
This week in Bunaken… Big love sometimes come in small packages. Guillermo from Belgium together with Dive Guides at Two Fish Divers Opel got to witness two Pontohi pygmy seahorses in a beautiful dance. The little lovers swam around each other for a few minutes and ended up holding tails hooked on to a bit of coral. We are crossing our fingers for pygmy-pygmy seahorses soon! Thank you Guillermo for the photo. Do you only sea one seahorse? The second one is upside down, like a mirror of the top one!
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 week in Lembongan… With great excitement, we are all very happy to announce that the manta rays have returned to manta bay in Nusa Lembongan! It seem they took a month holiday to relax, before preforming back to back shows during the high season.
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 Lembongan… Our divers have been flying with the eagles. Eagle rays that is. While diving at PMG today, our divers were greeted by a young eagle ray cruising by.
This week in Bunaken… On several occassions this week divers were reminded that it’s sometimes hard to see the forrest for all the trees or in DMT Angela’s case; the harlequin shrimps for all the star fish! (Photo: Sharon Odam, UK)
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 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)
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.
This week in Lembongan… Yayan, Bryce and Kiko spotted a Thresher shark swimming in the blue, a rare visitor to the waters of Nusa Penida and Nusa Lembongan.
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 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!
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 Bunaken… We have had no-fin races, treasure hunts and raspberry-blowing championships in the pool this week here in Bunaken. That can only mean one thing – PADI Bubblemakers!