Belongas, South Lombok this week…Hammer, Hammer, Hammerheads! The conditions have been calm with mild currents throughout the week and plenty yes plenty of beautiful Hammerheads both Scalloped and great ranging from 1.5 meters to 3.5 give or take….hard to tell without a tape measure and all of us were just blown away by the number of these magnificent fish. So graceful, so elegant, so lucky we were.
Alongside the hammerheads we have been spotting Eagle rays, Potato Groupers, Barracuda, Clown Trigger fish, Nudibranch, Lobsters and of course the White Tip Reef Sharks which are nearly guaranteed at our dive site “The Magnet”.
Another rarity is a Hairy Octopus which was spotted by our Instructor Jake on his 9th trip to Belongas so far this year. The Hairy Octopus can reach 8 cm, has a small red/brown body covered with hair filaments. They like to hang out around sandy rubble areas between 8-30 meters.
An extremely rare find and mesmerising creature. The Octopus was at our dive site called “Gili Sarang” where we spot Frogfish, Harlequin Shrimps, Cow Fish and of course the famous Mobula Rays also known as Devil Rays.
Let’s hope that our luck does not run out at all this year!!!