This week in Bunaken… With a large amount of night dives this week the divers have enjoyed seeing lots and lots of crazy crustaceans. Normally fairly shy during the day, once the sun sets the reefs are littered with the tiny little red dots that are eyes of shrimps and crabs reflecting the torch light. (Thank you Guillermo for the beautiful marble shrimp photo!)
Normally hiding during the day the night divers saw several large decorator crabs with pieces of barrel sponges stuck to their shells. This in order to camouflage themselves, because a large piece of sponge sprinting over the reef is not suspicious at all, right? “Nothing to see here folks, just a sponge out doing sponge business. Move along, nothing to see!”
Sometimes the little critters get tired like the emperor shrimp seen hitching a ride on a large nudibranch. Might not get anywhere that quickly, but at least getting there in style.
The instructors have been busy with courses, several new PADI Open Water divers have beeen introduced to the magic under water. Dzul from Singapore actually introduced his instructor, Ina, to something new as well. He is the world champion of under water sneezes. At least 10 on every dive – impressive!
We are also happy to welcome a new PADI Divemaster Trainee; Carmelo from Switzerland. So far he has been busy with his PADI Rescue course and Emergency First Responder Course as well as clocking up his dives so that he can start his divemaster training. Keep an eye out for his blog!