This week in Lembeh….We all get along! With so much action in the water these days the critters of Lembeh strait all hang out together. As seen here with a pair of coleman shrimp sharing their home with a Zebra Crab. Living atop a Fire urchin, these two are a great display of the co-existing that goes on here.
This week in South Lombok, Eels are giving their best. Most eels live in the shallow waters of the ocean and burrow into sand, mud, or amongst rocks. A majority of eel species are nocturnal, thus are rarely seen. Sometimes, they are seen living together in holes, or “eel pits”. Some species of eels also live in deeper water on the continental shelves and over the slopes deep as 4,000 m.
This week in Lembongan… Another busy week on our little island. We have had two full boats going out every day. Temperatures in the south of the island have dropped and our divers were happy that we rent out 5mm full wetsuits to keep them warm and cozy. We all like to wear wetsuits nowadays for diving. But how does a wetsuit really keep you warm?
Congratulations go out to Paula & Oriol and Laurent & Frederic as well as Celine for completing their Open Water course in Bunaken and to Tatsuya for earning his Nitrox certification. This week has seen a return to some pretty unusual currents here at Bunaken; ups, downs and merry go rounds- but the visibility has been great and for those venturing out we have had sightings to suit all tastes. The past couple of days has seen groups of up to 6 eagle rays at a time playing in the currents; coming really close to the divers, they always seem much more relaxed in a current than in calm water. There has been plenty of shark action too, with a bit of a thermocline down deep getting the blacktips on the go!
On the other end of the scale we are finding ghost pipefish all over the place; ornates in the shallows, the elusive Halimeda has been spotted on a couple of sites and the guides have recently started spotting some slender ghost pipefish. Oke, one of our guides has even been turning up some juvenile frogfish; quite a feat when there is so much life on the reef for them to blend into. I really need to start following the guides more.