Lembeh may well be known solely for its pedigree in muck diving but its healthy ecosystem means we do get some larger visitors from time to time such as the majestic Eagle Ray. The diving in Lembeh can quite regularly produce some unexpected animals, but that’s usually due to the fact they are so unique, weird and wonderful that people might not have seen them or even heard of them before! However this week we had the privilege to be on the flyover route of a fever of Eagle Rays.
The group of rays, estimated to be between 15-20 strong were very relaxed, circling our dive groups and swimming back and forth between them. To be so close to them and to watch them glide effortlessly through the water really is a beautiful sight. After a few minutes we parted company and they continued on their way down the strait, leaving us once again to the sloping black sands which we are much more accustomed to.
Fortunately not everyone diving had their macro lens fastened onto their camera at the time and we have a short video on our Facebook page showing them in all their glory.
This sighting provided food for thought as the guests and staff all pondered on just how many bigger animals have swam by, perhaps just a few feet above our heads, with us completely oblivious, noses planted firmly in the sand.
As well as this special appearance we were treated to a whole host of wonderful Lembeh macro life. Returning guests Daniel and Karo have done over 200 dives in Lembeh alone and our dive guides have still been managing to find them new critters they’ve never seen here before! There really is something for everyone here!