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!!
So yesterday in Lembeh we had many critters around for our guests here at Two Fish, in the morning everybody was privileged to see 6 x SEAHORSES (including the THORNY flavour), 4 x ROBUST GHOST PIPEFISH, LONG ARMED OCTOPUS, VELVETFISH, lots of FINGERED DRAGONETS & 1 x JUVENILE SEASNAKE. This morning we were also lucky enough to have 1 LEMBEH SEADRAGON (cheers for finding that one Leo!), many FROGFISH & also 2 x MIMIC OCTOPUS – lets see what everyone is lucky enough to find on the afternoon dive…
Today again we found a blue ring octopus in Bunaken, this time in Lekuan I. They have a awesome dive, right at the beginning the giant turtle, two minutes later an eagle ray passing by, and later blue ring octopus!!!!All this just in the first 5 minutes of the dive!!!!!Great last dives for Amanda and Lasse, who are leaving tomorrow after few weeks with us in Lembeh and Bunaken. Also congratulations to Lasse for his
Advance course and for showing so much interest in learning every little thing and much more!!!!!Thank you very much to Alex for the pictures!!