The leaf scorpionfish or paperfish is about 10 cm long. Their color varies from green, red, pink, brown, ocher and yellowish to a ghostly white. The fish is almost as flat as a leaf and resembles a leaf in many other ways. The leaf scorpionfish resembles a dead leaf lying in the water. To enhance this camouflage, it even makes gentle sideways movements in its pelvic area which make it resemble a drifting inert object
Besides leaf scorpionfish we also saw frogfish; harlekin shrimp; pygmy seahorse; ornate ghost pipefish; robust ghost pipe fish; blue spotted stingrays; turtles and many more!
Beatrice and Mike were diving with us and had a great time to see a leaf fish and a pygmy seahorse for the first time. Further they had the chance to get more into the fantastic macro life the south gilis are offering. There were impressed by the great visibility and underwater beauty
We like to say congratulations to Ben, he did the PADI Open Water Course with us. He saw his first robust ghost pipe fish and a pygmy seahorse on the beach dive at his open water dive number 2. And if that’s not enough, he saw harlequin sweetlips; blue fin trevally school and a turtle at his open water dive number 3. Not too bad for his first dives. Life is blooming. He was amazed by the huge swarm of fish; we have here at the south gilis. The fabulous wealth of fish and stunningly beautiful coral reefs are just amazing. The coral colours are breathtaking as they peek from caves and canyons and from under overhangs before flowering into stretches of garden.
Ben had the feeling that diving is not just a float through a coral garden is more like wandering another planet.
Hope to see you with us in South Lombok soon…