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.
This week in Bunaken…. dive guides have been showing off to our divers Bunaken’s little wonders underwater, including ornate ghost pipe fish, Potoh’s pygmy seahorse and the usual range of candy & orang-utan crabs, skeleton shrimps and whatever else is smaller than the normal eye can see. Pictured here is the ornate ghost pipe fish (black & yellow variation) hanging upside-down next to a feather star.
This week in Lembongan… It’s just the cycle of life, as mantas dance in their trains trying to impress the leading female as she ducks, dives, barrel rolls and dances her way to picking the perfect mate.
This week in Bunaken…. Our divers on Bunaken have been super lucky to spot both a whale shark and a pod of pilot whales during the surface intervals of the two morning dives! The whale shark came very near to the Bethlehem boat on Sunday to show off to our divers while they were de-kitting. Then just this morning there was a large pod of pilot whales swimming just along the front of our boat Sylvia – one pilot whale was so huge and curious, he just hung out next to the boat with our divers looking on!
This week in Lembeh we have been living up to our name with not one, but two of everything from our guest critter wish list! Some times we joke when people ask “Why the name Two Fish Divers” and we reply “Because we guarantee to show you at least two fish on every dive”! This is not the real idea behind the name but it is true this week 😉
This Week In Lembongan…. The diving style in Lembongan is somewhat like the life of a jellyfish. With the currents, we move like a jelly fish, rhyme don’t mean nothing, we just go with the flow.