The Brachysomophis Crocodilinus, or more commonly known as the Crocodile Snake Eel, is another one of Lembeh’s crazy critters. This photo was taken by our guest, Manuela. She took some amazing photos while here in Lembeh, this being just one of a few she so generously shared with us.
The Crocodile Snake Eel is also known as the Henshaw’s Snake Eel and the Reptilian Snake Eel. They can grow to up to 120cm’s in length and are found in shallow waters, usually around 2 metres in depth. The Crocodile Snake Eel likes to bury itself in the sand, leaving only his eyes visible and catches his prey by ambush, feeding on Octopus, small fish and invertebrates.
While they resemble snakes, as they have virtually no fins, they are in fact an eel, from the ray-finned fishes class. They are able to burrow into the sand due to their pointed tails and snouts – giving the impression that they can actually swim through sand! While it might not look so pretty, we think they’re lovely and in Lembeh, you can see these amazing creatures on many dives.
Crocodile Snake Eels are just one of the many animals spotted by our guests in Lembeh this week. We’ve also been seeing the Mimic Octopus, Flamboyant Cuttlefish, Hairy Frog Fish, Painted Frog Fish, Blue Ringed Octopus, Bobtail Squid and so much more!
Another Enriched Air diver was certified this week. Lembeh is an awesome place for taking any course and Fabian, from Switzerland took his Nitrox course here with instructor, Mark. He can now look forward to longer bottom times – at the cost of reduced depth of course! Congratulations on completing the course Fabian and hope to see you again soon!
Our guests this week hailed from Italy, France, Switzerland, China, the UK and Singapore.