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30 Jul / 2012
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Blue ring octopus
We have been seeing loads of Blue Ring Octopus recently in Lembeh so we thought we would tell you a bit about them!

Ecology
There are possibly 10 different species of blue-ringed octopus but only 4 have been formally names and all are inhabitants of asian-pacific waters:

  • Greater Blue-ringed Octopus (Hapalochlaena lunulata)
  • Lesser Blue-ringed Octopus or Southern Blue-ringed Octopus (Hapalochlaena maculosa)
  • Blue-lined Octopus (Hapalochlaena fasciata)
  • Hapalochlaena nierstraszi


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04 Apr / 2012
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The mandarin fish is one of the most beautiful fish in the ocean and their special mating display can be seen right here in both Bunaken and Lembeh waters!

Scientific Name: Synchiropus Splendidus
Found: Indo-Pacific Ocean (Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia)
Size: 1 -2 Inches
Diet: Carnivore – feed on small worms, protozoans and small crustaceans
Habitat: Broken coral rubble beds or under dead coral
Depth: 1 – 18 metres

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23 Jan / 2012
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We are seeing alot of Robust ghost pipefish in Lembeh at the moment so we thought that we would tell you what they are.

Family Solenostomidae
Ghost pipefish belong to the family Solenostomidae. They are closely related to Seahorses and Pipefish, are from the same order and share the long tube like snout. They live in tropical, subtropical and warm temperate waters from Indian to Western Pacific oceans.

Spending most of its time in a head down position, they tend to make their homes in shallow areas or close to coastal reefs that are current swept and therefore have a steady stream of food. In many regions Ghostpipefish are only seasonal visitors, settling on the reef for only a few months each year to breed.

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08 Dec / 2011
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Coelecanth is a Devonian lobed fin fish that thrived in the oceans 450-500 million years ago. Its importance lies in the fact that it is considered the “missing link” between fish and animals, ie they were the ones that crawled from the waters to create life on land. It is also an inhabitant of Bunaken Marine Park, and probably one of the most unusual inhabitants at that!

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24 Aug / 2011
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IMG_1738 In Bunaken Island, North Sulawesi the Whitetip reef shark is one of our regular encounters.

Despite having a face that looks strangely like that of a disgruntled weasel, the Whitetip Reef Shark (Triaenodon obesus) is generally unaggressive toward humans who invade its environment. Although it often rests in caves during daylight hours, this species is probably the most commonly-encountered shark of the tropical Pacific. Indeed, for many divers and snorkellers, the phlegmatic Reef Whitetip is their only ambassador to sharkdom.

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