This week in Lembeh… Guests have been raving about having seen too much. Hairy frogfish have been a highlight to Mickey, just the same for Zack and Laurie. Laurie brought home a photo of the hairy frogfish for her dad.
This week in Lembongan… Tina the Octopuses, Octopi or Octopodes queen brought all of these creatures out from their hiding. Tina and the divers saw 6 in one dive and one out free swimming!
This week in Bunaken … We have had some great dives here in Bunaken over the last week but the most amazing sighting was the capture of ten sargassum frogfish in a large ball of tangled rope, plastic, fishing net, fishing line and seaweed!
In Lembeh Pegasus is alive and well, although not in the form the Greeks imagined. Instead of the beautiful winged horse, which flies through the sky’s, it instead is an odd looking winged fish that waddles the sea floor.
This week in Lembongan… nautical charts were spread open, compasses at the ready and global positioning systems on, as Commander Laurent and the team set sail for exploring Lembongan’s waters.
Here in Lembeh, we have crabs. Though full of exotic fish and cephalopods, Lembeh offers a wide variety of crustaceans as well.
This week in Lembongan… As night falls, the ninja manta rays glide through the darkness and jump between the shadows of the day. Around 10% of the manta population in Lembongan are melanistic morphs (A.K.A ninja mantas, Black mantas)
This week in Bunaken … Several day trips to Mantehage Island was organised and they both had two things in common, many schooling barracuda and calm sunny weather.
This week in Lembeh we have been seeing the flashy flamboyant cuttlefish on numerous dive sites. Enough to a point where some photographers no longer turn on their cameras for them. That’s saying something….
This week in Lembongan… The waters have been full of turtle power, with at least 1 turtle on every dive this week! Divers have had to choice whether to look at the manta rays feeding or the swimming turtles.
This Week in Bunaken…. Spoting Porcelain crabs during a dive. These brightly coloured and patternated elusive crustaceans measuring upto 2cm can usually be found seeking shelter between the tentacles or the underside of sea anemones. Like the clown fish that live among the anemones the porcelain crab employs the same method to avoid being stung, coating itself in the anemone mucus tricking it into thinking its is part of itself.
When you wish upon a star(gazer), wishes can come true. This has been proved time and time again here in the waters of Lembeh.
This week in Lembongan… These masters of camouflage have been surprising divers in the sandy at Crystal Bay. These peacock flounders have the perfect colouring to blend into the sandy bottom.
This week in Bunaken… Devils, scorpions and ghosts! After Halloween it seems only natural that we should spot scary creatures this week. On Lekuan 3 an ornate ghost pipefish and several leaf scorpion fish, found and photographed by one of our returning guest Lisa.
Lembeh is a great place to observe the Mandarin Fish and each week we take our divers over with the hope of getting a glimpse of their mating behaviour. This week we’ve had Mandarin Fish madness and the dive is as popular as ever!
This week in Lembongan… Sea Serpents have been slithering around the dive sites of Lembongan. With one banded sea snake being seen on almost every dive. These amazingly graceful creatures are no concern to divers, just as divers are in the water to swim around, so are these snakes.
This week in Bunaken… We have been overrun with sharks on all of our dives this week, making it seem like we’re in the cheesy horror film of Sharknado (google this and you’ll see what we’re talking about). In one overhang section of Lekuan II, local guide Rolly and repeater guests Bob and Sandra from the States found three white tip sharks circling around. As well, there were many dawn dives on Sachiko, all with sightings of sharks on each dive.
This week in Lembeh we have had plenty of Frogfish including the elusive Randals, Lembeh Sea Dragons, all the variations of Ghost pipefish including Halimada and not to forget the many octopus that have been seen on all the dives, Wunderpus, Starry Night, Coconut, Mimic, and Hairy to name a few.
This week in Lembongan… The false clown anemone fish (A.K.A Nemo) have been entertaining our divers as they dodge, duck, dip, dive and dodge there way around the protective tentacles of the anemone.
This week in Bunaken… The next time you pick up an empty shell on the beach and pocket it to take home, just think of all the hermit crabs that would have loved to move into such a nice home. That’s right, with more and more shells going as souvenirs to be placed on bookshelves, our dearly loved hermit crabs are experiencing the worst ever real estate crash here on Bunaken. Here’s a picture of a local hermit crab who still has his home (although a bit shabby looking). The photo was taken by our repeater guests from Germany – Mendy & Andreas.
This week our guests have been having a Blueringed-tastic time in Lembeh, nearly every day we have been having sightings of these rare octopus. As well as these we have also been having a lot of the usual suspects as well, coconut, log arm, starry night, mimic and the lovely wunderpus octopus.
This Week in Lembongan…. It has been a week of large creatures with our divers seeing Whale Shark, Molas and Mantas. Dive guide Rein and his divers had one amazing dive in which they saw 2 molas within the first 10 minutes and a whale shark not long after that.
This week on Bunaken…. Some of the tiniest creatures known as skeleton shrimp are ready for Halloween here on Bunaken. Our guides are famous for finding the tiniest things underwater and there is no exception for this one. The skeleton shrimp is only millimetres long and completely transparent – they hang around on pieces of soft coral in a sort of praying mantis like way. The picture here is taken by our repeater guest Keith from New Zealand on one of his dives with Rolly. Nice job focusing on such a tiny and clear creature!
This week in Lembeh we’re having a Ghost Pipefish bonanza! The dive sites have gone crazy with them and we’ve seen all of the species known to this area.
This week in Lembongan…We have been founding aliens in the water. As the currents move and the waves roll, these salps find each other. Using jet propulsion these planktonic link together to form growing and growing communities.