This week up here in the north Gilis, Lombok we saw our first ever large elongated worm. In the reef creature identification book, it is the same family as the Bobbit worm but still classed as undetermined. The scientific name is Eunice.
Such an incredible find by our guide up here from the south named Kus. They are incredibly hard to find as they live burrowed in the sand or occasionally under debris. The chance to see elongated worm out and about is rare.
The find was at our dive site called Turtle Heaven which is the north side of Gili meno. The picture was taken by the diver and he said that at the time he saw it he had no idea what it was and neither did Kus, it was just really long with many legs.
When they came back he explained it to me and we went through the book. He then showed me the picture and it is identical to the one in the book under the Bobbit worm to the left.
Amazing, I couldn’t believe it myself.
Such an exciting day.
Other than this miracle we have been traveling to all the sites around the Gilis and bumped into Turtles galore, mantis shrimps, stingrays, sharks, jacks, octopus, barracuda and for the smaller stuff: Crinoid shrimps, lobsters, crabs, nudibranchs and plenty more.
The water has been very warm this week averaging at 29 degrees c. On some afternoon we have had a bit of swell but towards the end of the week it seems to have calmed down a lot.