Yesterday’s night dive really was a trip to Crabsville…..
Luckily our guests had their cameras at the ready to get a shot of this decorator crab (yes, it really is a crab and not a piece of walking coral).
Our dive guides love the challenge of finding the strangest critters they possibly can – the smaller and weirder the better, such as the tiny spider crabs. They also spotted a miniscule bobtail cuttlefish, a very well camouflaged scorpion fish and a sponge crab or two. The sponge crab is so called because it cuts off a large piece of sponge and wears it as a hat, to disguise itself on the reef. We’re not sure what happened to the sponge crab in the photo below as he’s totally naked….guess we must have caught him in the middle of a costume- change!
The night-life of Bunaken is truly world famous…..not for its international club scene, but for its crazy nocturnal aquatic creatures!
On dive 2 at Barracuda 2, there were crazy nudibranchs a plenty and various eels, including this ribbon eel and white mouthed moray.
After a hearty lunch on the boat, we dived at Tinongko and came across a baby white tip reef shark, nestled in a ledge on the wall. Sweet.
On the way home we were escorted by a pod of pilot whales! Just goes to show, a trip to Barracuda Point is a great day out even without the barracuda!
Again a huge thanks to our volunteers that helped with our Clean-Up on Earth Day 2010. As you can see from the links below, Project Aware also really appreciated your efforts and so decided to put us in the spotlight!!
Thankfully our two Open Water students, Seo from Korea and Gabor from Hungary, both appreciate what lucky people they are to have had such a stunning ‘swimming pool’ skills session today. During confined skills 4 and 5, they encountered no less than 3 seahorses, 3 flounders, 2 puffer fish, a tiny frogfish and a pigmy pipehorse! Now that’s pretty amazing for any dive anywhere…. but for a ‘POOL’?! Sure beats cold chlorinated water and other people’s old elastaplasts!
Our guests have been having a top time this week and seeing a tonne of
weird and wonderfully different fish and critters, big and small.
We had our first day trip of 2010 to Bangka this week, leaving at 7am,
doing 2 morning dives, a tasty lunch on the boat, followed by a great
afternoon dive at Paradise jetty on route home and returning in time
for tea. We saw amongst other things, some giant frog fish and
crocodile fish, clown frog fish, thorny seahorses and many ornate
ghost pipe fish. On the journey home, the boat was given a dolphin
escort for part of the way.
On two amazing dives at Pangalingan and Sachiko, the guests got up
close with no less than nine black tip and white tip sharks, as well
as plenty of giant trevally and barracuda.
Our visit to The Wreck didn’t disappoint either… the schoal of
friendly bat fish came out to play, there were nudibranchs galore and
the slope after the wreck was dotted with mantis shrimps, ribbon and
garden eels, a white mouth moray, a sea snake and a very impressive
octopus. The second dive on the house reef delivered a cute but
camera-shy pigmy seahorse.
Today’s highlights were definitely the HUGE green turtle and the
miniscule hippocampus seahorse at Tanjung.
Who knows what tomorrow may bring but it’s going to have to be
something extra special to top that lot!
A big thank you to our lovely guest Johan from Holland for giving us
these photos to share with you.