This must be one of the weirdest critters i these waters. It is called a star gazer, and it was pictured on the slopes of the mainland whilst we were doing some DM training. It literally walked right between us so of course we had to break off the training to take some pictures! It spends most of its time buried in the sand with just its eyes showing, then leaps out to grab an unsuspecting fish that swims too close. It gets its name from “gazing as the stars” whilst buried in the sand.
Check out more critters in the Two Fish Critter Gallery
Ken is a semi-professional photographer who visited us in Bunaken and Lembeh in Nov 2006. He considers this picture of a pygmy sea horse to be one of his best from his visit, but only of the one’s he has managed to go through so far – he has already posted a number of photos on his web site, but says that after a month’s worth of diving and over 9,000 photos, a lot of work still remains!
He is still trying to catalog his photos, and at the moment has identified 500 different species of sea life from just the one trip in Nov 06. “Absolutely amazing!” he says, and is tentatively planning to return in Nov 07.
Check out his web site on Kilili Photography
Lars and Susanne had a very rare sighting of the Blue Ring Octopus on their morning dive. It was found on one of the sites around Bunaken by their dive guide Maruf, fortunately there was only a small current which meant it was easier to take a photo. It is only 8-10cm long from tip of head to tip of tentacle so is really hard to spot, and they are extremely poisonous.
See more of Lars and Susanne’s holiday photos on Lars and Susanne on Flickr