21OCT12: We have been taking out Peter from Aquatice Alliance for more manta research, and the other day we did a double whammy of Manta Point and Manta Bay.
Manta Point provided a superb experience as we witnessed a manta mating train, this is the courtship ritual where a series of males follow a female around vying for her acceptance to mate with them. Manta Bay was consistent with some mantas on the surface which the guys were lucky enough to snorkel with.
On a previous trip we came across a heavily pregnant female. This is/was very exciting because it was thought that the birthing times was around august.
THIS WEEK IN BUNAKEN: WHALE SHARK WHALE SHARK!!!! 2 of our guests were lucky enough to see this beautiful shark at Lekuan 1!! The currents have been a little crazy and just as Alex and Izold were thinking ‘wow can the current get any stronger?’ the whale shark glides by!! Awesome. Also this week a harlequin shrimp, leaf scorpion fish, black tips, white tips and some big barracudas.
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THIS WEEK IN LEMBEH… On land we cleaned up over 65 kilos of marine debris from our beach alone and submitted our data to Project Aware to highlight this problem area. Underwater there are continued sightings of Blue Ringed Octopus for our lucky guests this week, plus Ornate and Robust Ghost Pipefish, Wonderpus, Hairy Frogfish, Stargazers, Bobbit Worm and this cute little Cuttlefish!
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THIS WEEK IN LEMBONGAN…..Well we have been busy with courses and the diving has been good as always. Frogfish, Seasnakes, Leafscorpionfish, Molas, Mantas and a pod of dolphins that we managed to get a cheeky snorkel with.
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THIS WEEK IN BUNAKEN: Ribbon eels, coral shrimps, eagle rays, sharks, frog fish, napoleons galore and a surprise finding by a guest…a hairy frogfish!! Plus the massive resident turtle at Lekuan 1 did not disappoint when guests when searching to get photos. Thanks to Jimmy who got this shot with Brendon in the background (the turtle really is HUGE!)
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