After the previous post about sending us your photos, we received some from Tom Prideaux, who stayed with us here in Lembeh for nearly two weeks at the end of March. This was his and his wife’s second stay with us and we believe that they are probably already planning their next visit to Two Fish!!
The Spiny Devilfish ( Inimicus didactylus) is often referred to as the Devil Stinger. This species belongs to the ‘stonefishes’ family Synanceiidae which have extremely venomous dorsal fin spines that cause immense pain if touched. They camouflage themselves well in Lembeh by burying themselves in the sand! You can occasionally see them ‘walking’ on their pelvic ‘fingers.
The Painted Frogfish (Antennarius pictus) can be found in a variety of habitats ranging from sandy bottoms to camouflaging themselves with the mooring lines! They can vary greatly in colour from black to pink. There is a great chance of seeing them with us at many of the sites here in the Lembeh Straits!
Another common but very beautiful inhabitant of The Straits is the Ornate Ghost Pipefish ( Solenostomus Paradoxus). These pipefish tend to remain in a fairly restricted area ( we still have one living on our house reef!) and are more often encountered in a male/female pair.
Thank you so much Tom for sending these through, we look forward to seeing some of Karen’s videos!!!
If any one has videos that they would like to post, please contact us with the link and then we can blog it for you so that everyone can see your good work!! email@example.com
Two Fish Divers Lembeh had an awesome morning of diving today!! Firstly we saw many ( we counted 6 ) Pygmy Seahorses, Pegasus Sea Moths and much more at Nudi Retreat. The dive was nice and relaxing, good viz and no current!! We then moved onto our second site and saw this magnificent Weedy Scorpionfish ( Rhinopias frondosa) . I was particularly happy as it was my first sighting of the famous Rhinopias – they could probably hear me cheering on the boat!!
The Weedy Scorpionfish is a solitary creature and you’ll find him hanging around rubble area between 8-25m. They come in many colours ranging from lavender to red.
Some of our divers were lucky enough to see this giant mimic octopus (Thaumoctopus mimicus). The Mimic Octopus are active during the day ( we will soon be posting some awesome footage of this guy – keep an eye out!!), playing by themselves or hiding on sandy bottoms. It is known to mimic up to 17 different species, including sea snake, flounder, lionfish, sting ray and feather star.
Thank you to Frits and Steve for these lovely photos and to everyone for an awesome morning of diving!!
We are always interested in viewing our guests photos and videos that they take whilst they are here with us at Two Fish Divers Lembeh. We also really appreciate them being sent through to us so that we can share them with everyone else!
Johnny Leffelaer from Belgium sent us through some of his fantastic photos… Here is a little information on each of the fish!
Flamboyant Cuttlefish (Metasepia pfefferi) tend to live in sandy & rubble shallows and are most active during the day. Its appeal to divers is seeing the beautiful colour changes. Its normal colour is dark purple/brown but it can quickly change to a pattern of black, white, with yellow patches around the mantle, arms, and eyes. The flesh of this cuttlefish is poisonous, containing a unique toxin.
The Pegasus Sea Moth (Eurypegasus Draconis) is one of my favourite things to see here in Lembeh – they look so adorable ambling along the rubble bottoms in their pair! They are a relative of the seahorse family & they tend to feed on small crustaceans hiding in the sand.
Johnny captured a fantastic image of the Leafy Filefish ( Chaetodermis penicilligera). You tend to find these guys alone on sheltered reef or weedy covered bottoms. It gets its name from the green and yellow patches on its body.
Thank you again to Johnny for the photos and once again we like to receive photos, so please send us your best images to firstname.lastname@example.org .
On Friday we were enjoying a nice dive at TK2, when we came across our fourth frogfish of the dive but this one was look slightly distressed and on closer inspection we saw that he had a hook with fishing line attached to his lip. We quickly whipped out a knife to cut the line so he would not get it caught on anything and therefore cause himself more pain.
When we got back to the resort, we mentioned this to a few other guests and we decided that one group of our divers would go back the following day to remove the hook from the fish’s’ mouth as with the hook in there he was not able to open his mouth properly and so could not feed.
So yesterday morning we sent Cara and Lucia from The Netherlands along with Marina and Johnny from Belgium (who are here for their second stay with us at Two Fish Divers Lembeh!) along with Opo back to TK2.
The group were very careful to ensure the frogfish did not get hurt in the process of removing the hook and they stayed with him for 10 minutes to check he was OK! He definitely seemed better as he went for a walk across the bottom to find a new rock to hide against!
Cara got some great video footage and I hope to be able to add the link soon. Thanks to Johnny for some great stills and Well Done to all of you for helping this guy out!
Here is the link to the video as promised!!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yEBt1t46tCM
** We do operate a No Gloves policy at Two Fish Lembeh but we allowed them to be worn during this operation.
March really turned out to be a great month for sightings of some of the more rare critters we have here in Lembeh. We have seen the Lembeh Sea Dragon, Wonderpus, Harlequin Shrimps, Tiger Shrimps and we completed the month with an awesome encounter with a beautiful Blue Ringed Octopus.
There are three confirmed species of blue ringed octopuses (Genus Hapalochlaena). You can find these usually solitary creature hiding on sandy or rubble areas. Despite their small size (4-8 inches) and their relatively docile nature, they are one of the worlds most venomous animals – the venom in their bite is powerful enough to kill humans!
The blue rings are usually not visible in the octopus when they are resting. However when they are provoked or feeling threatened its brown patches darken dramatically and the blue rings appear and pulsate.
Russell, one of our guests, was lucky enough to see this critter on only his second dive here in Lembeh! His luck continued to allow him to get this great shot even though there were a few divers all trying to do the same at the same time!!