In September 2012, Dr Mark Erdmann and Dr Gerry Allen were visiting Manado as Guest Lecturers for a biology workshop. At the same time they conducted a survey of fish species to measure the marine biodiversity in North Sulawesi, and it threw up some most absolutely amazing unexpected results. Namely that North Sulawesi has more marine diversity than Komodo and West Thailand, so now you can dive some of the best marine diversity on the planet with us!
How did this reach this conclusion? To begin with, they recorded 967 species from 329 genera and 84 families, and they said that they were “nowhere near reaching a plateau with every day adding 25-40 new records to the list!”.
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.
Find out more about diving with whale sharks in Bunaken with us.
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!
Find out more about diving with Blue Ring octopus in Lembeh with us.
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.
Find out more about diving with dolphons in Lembongan with us.