As you will have read in previous blogs, we have been seeing a large number of Octopodes ( the correct plural of Octopus or so I have been told!) over the last few months and one that has been a regular fixture on our sighting list as been the Blue-Ringed Octopus (Hapalochlaena sp.) . All these sightings have made us and our guests extremely happy as they are normally very rare!
The Blue Ringed Octopodes are normally solitary creatures but some of our guests were lucky enough to see a couple of them mating – see the picture to the right. The larger one is obviously enjoying it – look at the size of his rings!! Thanks to Vicky for sending us this photo.
It is amazing the amount of people who do not realise how venomous this critter is – its bite can kill humans! Don’t get too close when trying to take its picture! The blue rings become more obvious when the octopus is agitated or feeling threatened, it is its way of saying ‘Back Off’.
Keep an eye out for later blogs on some of the other Octopodes that we see here in Lembeh.
They are probably going to kill me for putting their PIC pictures onto the Internet but Two Fish Divers Lembeh wanting to pass their congratulations to Nick and Zina for completing not just one or two PADI Specialties but 4 with us in the space of 5 days!
It was pretty intense few days which started with an afternoon of Enriched Air Theory which ended with them both passing the exam with over 85%! The next day we started on the Search and Recovery course – which I really enjoy teaching! It is amazing how excited you can get that you have found a lost weight belt.
Over their stay we also did the Night Diver Specialty – one dive we did even incorporated some search and recovery skills they had learnt as another guest had lost their camera on the house reef. Sadly we weren’t able to find it but on this dive and the other night dives we saw Giant Spanish Dancers, Sponge Crabs, Cuttlefish, Octopus, Seahorses, Flatheads – the list goes on!
The final Specialty was the Wreck Specialty where we had some awesome dives on both the Mawali and Kapal Indah wrecks. They both really enjoyed the dive on the Kapal Indah wreck with its beautiful Pygmy Seahorses (they come in Pink, Purple and Yellow) and nudibranches. Safety stopping over some corals in the shallows we spent some time with a gorgeous Pinnate Batfish. They also completed three dives on the Mawali wreck culminating in a penetration dive on Enriched Air – cool!
Again we would like to congratulate them on working so hard and getting everything completed in such a short space of time. It was a pleasure to have you guys to stay!
We love Night Dives here at Two Fish Divers Lembeh and we were eager to go out and see what was hiding out on our house reef. Usually we go out around 6pm for night dives but we decided to see what comes out to play later on.
After allowing our dinner to settle, we kitted up and walked into the house reef with our torches on and submerged ourselves into the darkness.
We headed straight down to the area where we have started to develop an artificial reef ( how to come on this soon!) to see what hangs around there later at night. We came across a huge Spanish Dancer which most have been at least 40-50cm long and at least 15cm wide!! It was so large, Bent (one of the guests who decided to come with us!) couldn’t get the whole thing into one picture! We were out there again the night before last and we are glad to say that this huge beauty is still hanging around out there.
We also saw plenty of Cleaner Shrimps, Boxer Shrimp and Commensal shrimp as well as different types of crabs, squid, moray eels and a large Banded Snake Eel what was out of his hole hunting!
More good news is that we have seen mating Manadarinfish again in the stag horn corals on our house reef. It
If anyone has any photos of some of the cool critters that they saw on a night dive here in Lembeh, then please send it through to us @ firstname.lastname@example.org and we get it posted for everyone to see!
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!
As you heard on a previous blog we have been extremely busy recently and we are continuing to be be busy as everyone is flocking to come and see the critters that have been on display!!
The Blue-Ringed Octopus has been seen many times over the last three weeks – we normally average 2-3 sightings a month but we have seen 4 on one dive alone and also probably 8-10 other sightings in the space of two weeks. They are a favourite due to their rare nature and also the fact that they are one of the most venomous creatures on the planet!
Another regular has been the Pygmy Pipehorse – they are very hard to get a photo of as they take after their distant relative – Seahorses – and love to turn away as soon as you get them in focus. They are a relatively new discovery and are not seen in many places in the world. We have also seen the Hairy Ghost Pipefish which is not a regular sighting!
Don’t worry all the other critters are been seen as well – Flamboyant Cuttlefish and Frogfish are frequently seen as are the Mimic Octopus, beautiful Nudibranchs, Pygmy Seahorse and crazy-eyed Mantis Shrimps!!
We have also continued to have more people come to Lembeh to start or continue their dive education. Congratulations to Elodie on gaining her Open Water, Maria, Miguel and Bethune for completing their Digital Underwater Photography Specialty ( Bethune also completed his Night Diver Specialty) and Linda completed her Advanced Open Water course, which included an awesome dive on the Mawali Wreck!
If you are coming to Two Fish soon, then we are looking forward to having you stay!