Marcel and Jack first planned to come and stay with us in April this year but a volcano erupting in Iceland meant that trip had to be delayed to till the summer
Marcel really enjoyed Lembeh for the fact that the conditions are so good for underwater photographers and he wanted to send through and share a couple of his favourites.
The Bigfin Reef Squid (Sepiotheutis lessoniana ) are a pretty common species, who you can often find in shallow coastal waters. During the day if you see them - they are often hanging around mooring lines, where they tend to lay their eggs. On night dives you will often encounter plenty of these squid as they like to come and play around in your torch or focus light!
Very little is known about the tiny Tiger Shrimp ( Phyllognathia ceratophthalma ) as they are very rarely seen, even here in the critter heavy waters of the Lembeh Straits! They only grow to about 2cm in lengeth. The colouring is quite distinct, so when you have found them hiding in some rubble you can’t mistake them for anything else!
To see more of Marcel’s photos, please visit his homepage: http://members.quicknet.nl/m.out
To the left is her prize-winning shot of an Elysia ornata eating. This species has a yellow transparent body and has black and yellow small spots. It also has a curly orange edge and black lines at the mantle. They can grow up to 4 cm and they are found mostly in rubble or sandy areas. Below are the other two shots that she submitted to the competition!
Ann and her husband Les, enjoyed another two weeks of great diving here in Lembeh and I know that Ann is going to enter again this year!! If you are interested in entering then click on the below for more information on the prizes and how you can enter!
Robbie and Dave came to stay with in July this year and had such an awesome time that they have already booked to come back and stay with us again for two weeks in April 2011!! A true couple of Muck Diving addicts and they are bringing some more friends along to experience the wonders of the Lembeh Straits!
During their stay they particularly enjoyed night diving with Sem, their guide and Robbie managed to take some pretty cool shots of some of the critters that you see at night!!
Anemone Hermit Crabs are a staple of the Lembeh night dive and it is always fun to watch them rock and roll their way over the rubbley bottoms! I was always laugh when they fall off a rock they they were across!
Stargazers (Uranoscopus sp) are a favourite for divers to try and find on the night dives and from this picture you maybe wondering why – they are not the prettiest critter out there! But they are only seen occasionally and so this makes a sighting all the more special! Stargazers are solitary fish who you find in the sandy bottoms usually with only their eyes and mouth sticking out. It is rare to see them swimming but we witnessed this just the other day on a day dive!
Thanks again to Robbie for sending through these photographs and again we are looking forward to having you back in Lembeh next year!
If anyone else has photos from their stay in Lembeh and would like to see them including on our blog then please send them (compressed please ) to firstname.lastname@example.org .
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!
A favourite part of our job is sitting with the guests and looking over their photos and talking about what they have seen during their day (or night) of diving.
In order to get ‘The Shot’ you need to often be in the right place at the right time and Ricardo’s photo of the Lizardfish devouring his lunch is one of those such photos! This is one of my favourite guest photos ever!
The Coconut octopus (Octopus marginatus) are often seen in the Lembeh Straits and cause much amusement to divers as they make use of anything they can find to ‘hide’ in! This one stuck to a couple of shells he found on the bottom! You usually find them in in shallow water in areas of sand, mud and rubble. It is active during the night. It typically has a dark colour pattern when exposed, contrasting with its snow-white suckers as you can see here!
Bobtail Squid (Euprymna berryi) are the real cuties! We often find them at night half buried in the sand or rubble bottoms of the Straits. It uses its triangular fins to bury itself into the substrate and its arms to cover itself with sand grains.
Thank you again to Ricardo for these pictures and we hope you come back soon to take some more!!