It has been a Frogfish Frenzy in Lembeh this week! From big to small, from Hairy to Warty, from orange to black, and mated to single, I think we’ve seen a bit of it all! It hasn’t been only the variety of Frogfish that has impressed our Two Fish divers, but also the behaviors. Many of the Frogfish have been very active, awkwardly moving about the reef, chasing one another, chasing our divers (true story!), yawning and luring. Once again, Lembeh proves to be a Frogfish paradise!
The Coconut Octopus entertained (and confused) a few guests this week as well. Everyone was well entertained by the Coconut Octopuses that ran about the reef, dragging their coconuts in tow. However, first-time visitors to Two Fish Lembeh were confused by the Coconut Octopus living in a shell, rather than a Coconut. True enough! Coconut Octopus will choose all types of hidey-holes to call home. We’ve seen them in everything from empty shells to glass jars, to coke bottles and in the ends of large pieces of bamboo. Lesson learned: leave no coke bottle un-checked!
Topside at Two Fish Divers Lembeh, 3 divers with compact cameras decided to increase their underwater photography skill this week by participating in our newly offered Personalized Underwater Photography Course! Linda, a beginner photographer who usually lets her daughter take all the photos, was simply happy to learn how to safely set up her camera before each dive, and to learn a few simple settings on her camera that made for a successful week behind the lens. We were all impressed with her photo of two, beautiful, orange Frogfish sitting side by side on a sponge. Ironically, Linda’s photos have improved so much this week that she is certain her daughter will never believe she actually took them!
Did you know that many underwater-housings give you full access to your camera’s settings? Simon, an intermediate level, compact-camera user, was relieved and excited to learn how to change his manual settings with his camera in its housing! He’s been successful at artistically creating a black-background effect on his nudibranch photos. And Keith, a more advanced compact-camera photographer, already understood the basics to photography but wanted to increase his understanding of underwater lighting techniques and buoyancy control. Keep an eye on the Two Fish Facebook page to see some fantastic photo-course results!