Couldn’t resist this photo of a Bornella anguilla Nudibranch in Lembeh Strait. This fantastic image is thanks to our guests, Victor and Lynn. These little Nudibranchs are particularly beautiful to photograph because of their gorgeous patterns and colours.
Lembeh Strait is home to a diverse number of Nudibranchs. During each dive, you will see many very different and beautiful species and each one is quite unique. The Bornella anguilla, also known as the Snakey Bornello, can grow up to 8cm in length. Their name, anguilla means Eel and they are thus named because of their style of swimming. They produce a muscular wave which travels down their body which results in them swimming in an Eel like motion. These Nudibranch can be found throughout the Indo-West Pacific.
Like other Nudibranchs, the Bornella anguilla is carnivorous and usually feeds on the coral or sponges they are residing on. They also like to nibble on anenomes, sea slugs and their eggs and even their own kind. They have what is known as a radula in their mouth which crushes their dinner for them. They get their beautiful colouring from the food they eat by absorbing the colour of their prey into their tissue, helping them to camouflage themselves.
Divemaster Candidate, Jaimie joined us in Lembeh to resume her Divemaster Internship. Jaimie is from the Netherlands and is on a 6 week internship with Two Fish. This week she completed a few PADI Specialty courses such as Wreck, Deep and Search and Recovery with Instructor, Mark. It is a pleasure having you in Lembeh Jaimie, enjoy Bunaken and Gilli Air!
Also seen this week in Lembeh were the Flamboyant Cuttlefish, Coconut Octopus, Mimic Octopus, Hairy Frogfish, loads of Shrimps, Nudibranchs and lots more!
We had a few return guests this week. Volker, from Germany, Mark, from Canada and Susanne and John from Denmark all came back to visit their favourite Lembeh critters. We also had guests from Belgium and the USA.