You can almost always spot a White Spotted Hermit Crab when night diving in Lembeh. They are a beautiful splash of colour on our otherwise dark sands. This lovely photo was taken by our guests, Victor and Lynn.
The White Spotted Hermit Crab, Dardanus megistos, is also known as the Knobbly Hermit Crab. They can grow up to twenty centimetres, are carnivorous, and have a soft abdomen which is the reason they must use empty shells as their home. Without claiming an empty shell as their own, they would be easy prey to the many predators that inhabit Lembeh Strait. The Hermit Crab must molt to grow, so, they can go through many different homes in one lifetime. They are scavengers and like to go out and about at night to gather their food.
Night dives in Lembeh Strait are particularly good. While we have many interesting creatures to discover on the day dives, it’s the night dives that really bring out the, sometimes freakish, characters. Bobbit Worms, Snake Eels, Stingrays, Flamboyant Cuttlefish, Long Armed and Reef Octopus, along with loads of Shrimp and Nudibranchs keep our night divers busy! You don’t have to travel far either. Sites such as Nudi Falls and Aer Prang are fantastic night dive sites and only a short boat ride from the resort.
Our guests this week hailed from The Netherlands, Germany, Australia, The USA and Switzerland.