That got your attention didn’t it??!! We regularly enjoy dives out the front of the resort on our house reef and it is nice that on every dive we see something new that we haven’t seen out there before. On one dive recently we encountered a few lovely Nudibranchs that inhabit The Lembeh Strait and thought you may want to know a little more about them! Gizmo was happy to try out his new camera on these willing models – with some great results!
The Glossodoris cinta is a fairly common nudibranch but it differs in its coloration depending on where it is found. The Indonesian variation has a brownish body, gills and rhinophores whitely dotted, with double yellow and blue rim around the outer edge of the mantle – just like to one here!! If you look closely you can see a small Emperor Shrimp taking a ride on its back. We found him at appoximately 22m on coral rubble patch.
Chelidonura amoena are a type of "headshield slug", that come from the Aglajida family. They are found in Indo-Pacific region. We found this one in the shallows along with another pair, from we have read about these Nudis, by finding them in a group it was obviously coming into mating time!!!
It always pays to look at everything you see when diving carefully . On close inspection of this photo of a Hypselodoris bullockii, you can see a tiny gobie hanging onto its side. It is usual for these Nudibranch to have yellow gills and rhinophores but its main body can vary from white to pink to this lovely purple shade.
We’ll keep posting updates on the critters on our house reef and also the progress with the artificial reef! Thanks for reading!
As some of you may know, since arriving at Two Fish Divers we have been planning and developing ideas for our building an artificial reef on our house reef and we have finally had some time to build the first of the structures and get them into the water!!
From our time here in Lembeh, we have seen that car tyres make an excellent hide-out for various kinds of shrimps to hang out in and so therefore attract other creatures such as Moray eels and Lionfish who fancy a good clean from the shrimps!! So we brought in a few old tyres and got to work on building some structures that would stay in position once we had transferred them to the water by roping them together.
When placing artificial structures into the water it is important to construct something that has plenty of crevices that allow creatures to hide from predators. Also by using rope to tie the tyres together, it also provides a great material for sponges to grow on. As you can see Scubi was eager to lend a helping hand as well but his knot-tying abilities weren’t really up to scratch!!
We’ll report again once we have placed the structures on to the House Reef!!
Recent guests Jim, Soo and Darian couldn’t wait to get back into the water when they arrived at Two Fish Divers Lembeh so after quickly unpacking their bags and eating a quick snack, they headed out onto our House Reef for a night dive!
Unfortunately the guys were unable to get a photo of the cuttlefish but Jim is going to search through his footage to see if he managed to get a good clip of him on film so that we can identify him! Darien managed to get us a nice photo of this Pleurbranchus forskalii.
This large nudibranch can grow to be to 200mm. They tend to mainly come out at night . They tend to be spotted in sandy and rubble areas, hence we can find them in Lembeh!
They enjoyed it so much, the next night they went in again and encountered numerous octopus, scorpionfish and nudibranchs!
Jim also sent us a clip of the video that he made from the dives on the Two Fish Lembeh House Reef. Check it out at:
Thanks again to Darien from Singapore again for this lovely photo and to Jim Wong for the video!!
After another busy but extremely fun and critter-crammed month here at Two Fish Divers Lembeh we were unable to make much headway on starting the development of our House Reef. However finally over the last few days we have been able to get out there and do a couple of dives and some further surveying of the site.
On the first dive we spent most of our time identifying the areas that we thought looked suitable. On the following dives we noted distances, headings, natural reference points and were able to draw up a rough map.
We are lucky to have an existing structure – The Oyster House – which already attracts a variety of marine life – long-snout pipefish, Banggai Cardinalfish, Razorfish and juvenile Barramudi Cod – we hope that our new ‘additions’ to the reef will have a similar impact!
If anyone has any ideas or suggestions with regards to developing artificial reefs then please drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org