Wonderpus (Wonderpus photogenicus) are solitary octopodes, who are usually buried themselves in the sand in the shallows. They will display a brown and white stripped pattern when agitated or hunting. This pattern and its ‘stalked’ eyes makes them easy to recognize.
However many people mistake the Wonderpus for the Mimic Octopus when they first come across it and to the untrained eye this is quite understandable. The Wonderpus is smaller and its stripes are more defined than those of the Mimic Octopus. Also the Wonderpus is just happy being himself and so doesn’t spend time pretending to be other critters to amuse divers!
Thank you to Nasfay Bela for allowing us to use this beautiful shot of the Wonderpus. Check an eye out on future blogs for more of his amazing shots!
It has been a few weeks since letting you all know what’s been happening here at Two Fish Divers Lembeh.
We have continued to enjoy teaching – Lucy completed her Open Water and Advanced Course and Greg, Andrea and Meagan all completing their Advanced Open Water Course with us as well. We enjoyed great night dives and completed the Wreck Adventure Dive on the Kapal Indah wreck which home to some cool pink and purple Pygmy Seahorse, Batfish and a range of lovely Nudibranchs!
We have also been seeing a few critters that haven’t made an appearance for a while and they all seem to be hairy..! One of the coolest things we have seen was the Hairy Octopus which is extremely rare and had Gizmo our resort manager screaming with joy when he surfaced! This little critter is solitary and is usually found on a rubble bottom as he was on the photo here. The colour can range from white to cream to brown to red, either with a pattern of spots or not. From looking at it is easy to see why people mistake them for an Orangutan Crab or sea weed!
Also seen this week as well Hairy Ghost Pipefish and Hairy Frogfish. Non-Hairy critters have included Blue Ringed Octopus, Giant Frogfish, Painted and Warty Frogfish, Flamboyant Cuttlefish, Stargrazers and more!
It is going to be a busy time for the rest of October but keep an eye for updates on the critters that we will be seeing!
This guy was not scared of the divers and came within 2m of them, but still hard to photo as he didn;t stop gliding!
Fiona came to stay with us after completing her Divemaster course over in Bunaken with Brendon, our course director. After all that hard work she decided that she need a few days of good fun diving and where better to do it than here in the Lembeh Straits with Two Fish?!?!
In the Straits you can see a wide variety of different Nudibranchs and these are a favourite of photographers as they are relatively easy subject to shoot! Fiona got a beautiful shot of a Glossodoris cincta having a little wander over a rock! …
When we ask people when they arrive one critter that they would like to see then the Hairy Frogfish definitely is one of the critters that is often at the top of many people’s lists and from this photo you can see why! The lighting on this shot give the frogfish quite an eerie sinister look – don’t you think?? His lure is up and out so he is obviously feeling a little hungry and is trying to catch dinner!!
Thank you Fiona for sending this pictures through and we are really glad that you enjoyed your stay with us here at Two Fish Divers Lembeh! Come back soon!
Lembeh Straits is a great place for night diving and this week we have had some awesome ones! I have been out completing a Night Diver Specialty and also Adventure Night Dives towards the Advanced Open Water course and the students have got to see some real cool critter action!
Serena is always great for a night dive – no current and plenty to see in the shallows and it is also a great place to see different types of Hermit Crabs, Decorator Crabs, Waspfish and cuttlefish.
A personal favorite night diving spot of mine is Jahir ( which is also awesome during the day!) and it turned out be a winner the other night which us seeing a Stargazer, Bobtail Squid, Frogfish, Octopus, Flamboyant cuttlefish and huge Pleurobranchus nudibranchs ( one was about 30cm across!) as well as Scorpionfish galore and more Glossodoris nudibranchs.
Here’s a few photos that Marianne ( buddy of one of my students!) took during the dive Jahir! Thanks for the photos Marianne!