It has been almost two weeks since we first time saw dugons and they are still in Ron’s point. We saw them in all the dives since that!! (not all the divers I have to say……but they are there!!). Today after half an hour dive they scared me just in front of me when I was looking close to a lizard!!They were two, one of them swam away after few minutes but the other one stayed with me for the rest of the dive. Sucking the sandy bottoms and swimming to the surface for air, gave me time to enjoy with this peaceful animal.
Here some pictures…..not quite good do, it is difficult to get good pictures of such a big animal with the macro lens…
After our successful explorations last week finding new dive sites, we decided to take a trip to the lesser known Pulau Dua around the back side of Lembeh.
The name “Pulau Dua” stems from it’s appearance… from a distance it resembles two islands, but on closer inspection it is just one.
We were welcomed with a beautiful morning, calm waters & a 45min ride to get there, the island is a picturesque pinnacle stretching up from far below +40m. We found beautiful corals and sponges, amazing visibility, plentiful reef fish and a variety of critters.
Yesterday our guest Selina and our head guide John had the privilege of enjoy diving with a dugon in Ron’s point!! The dive start with three black tip sharks and after 20 min they spotted the dugon who stayed with them until they were low on air!! Great last day diving in Bunaken for Selina who did over 40 dives between Lembeh and Bunaken.
The dugong (Dugong dugon) is a large marine mammal, together with the manatees, is one of four living species of the order Sirenia.The dugong is the only strictly-marine herbivorous mammal, as all species of manatee utilise fresh water to some degree.
Like all modern sirenians, the dugong has a fusiform body with no dorsal fin or hind limbs, instead possessing paddle-like forelimbs used to manoeuvre. It is easily distinguished from the manatees by its fluked, dolphin-like tail, but also possesses a unique skull and teeth. The dugong is heavily dependent on seagrasses for subsistence and is thus restricted to the coastal habitats where they grow, with the largest dugong concentrations typically occurring in wide, shallow, protected areas such as bays, mangrove channels and the lee sides of large inshore islands.
The dugong has been hunted for thousands of years for its meat and oil, although dugong hunting also has great cultural significance throughout its range. The dugong’s current distribution is reduced and disjunct, and many populations are close to extinction. The IUCN lists the dugong as a species vulnerable to extinction.
After amazing dives, huge Napoleon wrasse, three black tip sharks, nudibranches, turtles….any place and time is good to have a bit of fun!! HERE FEW IDEAS!!
The new dive site is nicknamed THREE CORNERS and is a very good dive, the bottom is around 35m and starts out as white sand & rubble, it then turns into really pristine coral wall with lots of sea fans and many whip corals as well as lots of hard & soft corals. There is plenty of life here including all the main coral critters, NUDIBRANCHS aplenty, several ROBUST GHOSTPIPEFISH & also Melly was really thrilled to see her first BLUE RINGED OCTOPUS (Thanks again Leo!!). The new dive site was found by our guides Frans, Sem & Leo. Cheers guys!!