Here at Lembeh we’ve been having quite a good run of critters at the moment… Last night we saw a LEMBEH SEA DRAGON spotted and two TIGER SHRIMPS. This morning while we were heading out to our 1st dive site a pod of DOLPHINS went past us in the Lembeh Strait in between Magic Rock & Batu Sandar. Then when we did go under for the dive there were so many critters including JUVENILE AMBON SCORPIONFISH, two MIMIC OCTOPUSES and a few FROGFISH… the list goes on and on! This afternoon we saved a SARGASSUM FROGFISH as it was about to be washed up onto the beach with the incoming tide… It was safely put back onto a driftwood raft further out into sea!
Yesterday we organize a trip to Nain island, the northern most island in the Bunaken National Park. Nain is about one hour an a half from Two Fish, and when looking for hammerheads you need to be in the water early morning, so we depart really early!!
Diving in NAIN has similar topography to the rest with impressive steep walls. Jalan Masuk offers the only way in for boat traffic due to the huge fringing reef that surrounds the island. There is often great viz of 35 meters and above and myriad smaller reef fish living in the coral plateaus here. Also place for strong currents.
A large very deep pinnacle starts at 40 meters with caves at 60 but this is beyond recreational limits, possible with tec diving offer by Two fish…
Due to its remoteness from the other islands there is always the prospect of an encounter with big visitors , maybe even hammerheads or pilot whales. And that is what we were looking for……no luck this time for hammerheads but they still have a good dive and did found a impressive school of jack fish. We will keep trying!!!
Here there are the photos from our last photo session at Blue Parrot Cafe in Bunaken. Thanks to Gunther, Christo, and Osgrid for sharing the photos with us!!
Just a reminder of our annual Photo Competition for the 4th year in a row, and we are offering some great prizes:
* 1st place: free 5-day dive holiday in either Bunaken and Lembeh
* 2nd place: the new Debelius book on Nudibranchs
* 3rd place: newly designed Two Fish mask strap
To enter, just send in your top 3 photos taken in Bunaken and/or top 3 photos taken in Lembeh, and judging will take place by a professional photographer in Feb 2012.
Photos should be emailed to Diving@TwoFishDivers.com, and we need to receive all entries by 31 Jan 2012
Yesterday a lucky group coming from Belgium (Didier, Jan, Eric R., Eric F., Cool, and Hugo) saw a blue ring octopus. It is not common to see it in Bunaken, last time was two years ago!!
The BLUE RING OCTOPUS can be recognized by their characteristic blue and black rings and yellowish skin. When the octopus is agitated, the brown patches darken dramatically, and iridescent blue rings or clumps of rings appear and pulsate within the maculae. They hunt small crabs, hermit crabs, and shrimp, and may bite attackers. Blue Ringed Octopus are one of the most fascinating of all octopus. They are quite small, only a few inches across but have one of the most toxic venoms in the world. When threatened they flash neon blue rings.
The Belgium group stayed with us 4 days and saw a little bit of everything, ghost pipe fish, sharks, napoleon, huge huge turtle, orangutan crab…..BLUE RING OCTOPUS… They are heading to Lembeh today.
Thank you to Cool Gunther for the pictures!!
It is very common to see dolphins from the boat in Bunaken national park. We have 7 different kind of dolphins, however very rarely we can see them when diving, there are quite shy animals and they don’t like bubbles
It is the second time in one month that this happen! This time our guest Osgrid was the lucky one in Lekuan II dive site.
Top 12 Facts about Dolphins that you must know
1. Dolphins are mammals.
As all mammals, dolphins nurse their young from mammary glands.
2. Dolphins can swim up to 260 m. below the surface of the ocean.
However they are mainly shallow divers as they need to reach the surface to breathe.
3. Dolphins can stay up to 15 minutes under water.
They only do this some times as they usually stay only a few minutes diving before reaching the surface for air.
4. Dolphins use a technique called echolocation.
This technique uses the same principles of a radar, and it is used to find food and navigate.
5. Dolphins are social beings.
Dolphins live in groups and cooperate among each other for activities like getting food and calf rising.
6. Dolphins are Cetacenas.
There are 32 species of ocean dolphins and 5 species of river dolphins.
7. The largest dolphin is the Orca, also known as “killer whale”.
Orcas grow up to 6.1 meters long and they are named as whales because their size, but they really belong to the toothed cetacean family just like dolphins do.
8. The most popular dolphin is the “bottlenose dolphin”.
Bottlenose dolphins are the ones we have seen in tv series, movies and aquatic shows. Bottlenose dolphins can grow up to 2.5-2.8 meters.
9. Dolphins are warm-blooded.
As mammals, dolphins are warm blooded and their internal temperature is around 36 degrees. To conserve this temperature they are surrounded by a thick layer of fat called “blubber” just below the skin.
10. The botllenose dolphin brain weighs 1500-1600 grams.
While average human brain weighs 1200-1300 grs. This is not a conclusive evidence of dolphin intelligence as many other factors might be the cause of intelligence according to scientists.
11. Dolphins communicate efficiently.
Dolphins can make a unique signature whistle that may help individual dolphins recognize
each other, collaborate and perform several other kinds of communication.
12. Dolphins can swim 5 to 12 kilometers per hour.