On a night dive in Lembeh you are more than likely going to come across some Durban Dancing Shrimp dancing the night away! We love this photo taken by our guests, Kev and Sim, of this inquisitive little guy.
The Durban Dancing Shrimp is also known as the Hingebeak Shrimp, Camel Shrimp and Humpback Shrimp. Their Species name is Rhynchocinetes durbanensis. These Shrimp like to hang out in quite large groups and can be found in coral and rock reefs anywhere from 5 metres to 35 metres in depth in the Indo/Pacific region.
The Durban Dancing Shrimp have a movable beak which moves around when the shrimp stops moving, this gives the impression that the shrimp is dancing, hence the name Durban Dancing Shrimp. It is quite easy to determine the male Shrimp from the female Shrimp as the male has a larger Cheliped, or claw than the female. When reproducing, the female Durban Dancing Shrimp can carry more than 1700 eggs under her carpace for around 9 days before hatching, depending on the water temperature.
Night dives in Lembeh continue to impress our guests with showings of Bobbit Worms, Flamboyant Cuttlefish, Long Armed Octopus, Blue Ringed Octopus and many other crazy and beautiful critters. The Hairy Octopus made an appearance this week, much to the delight of our guest Nanda.
Return guests Dave, Robby, Daniel, Ray and Colleen, Wotjek and Joanna came to visit us once again on Lembeh and it was great to see them all. Our guests this week came all the way from Poland, Austria, Germany, Ireland, India, United Kingdom, the USA, Spain and France.