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…
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 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!!
We are having a awesome dives in Lembeh!!Mimic and wonderpus octopus, many hairy frogfish, pigmy and gulf seahorse, robust and robust ghost pipefish, coral cat shark, honshu pipefish and much more!!![slideshow]