Posted by: Kaj Maney
Every week we really do have incredible dives here in Lembeh. The variety is truly staggering. There are just so many different critters..some we see on a regular basis..and some we see that we didn’t even know existed here (or anywhere for that matter).
This week Barb took some amazing photographs of some incredible creatures on some fantastic dives. Here are a few of them, and you can see them all by clicking the top or bottom photo strip.
These first two photos are of a Sea Hare. We have no idea what sort of Sea Hare it is. None of the guides here have very seen it before. The pattern and colours are just unbelievable…and, to make matters even worse, I wasn’t on the dive!!! Boo hoo, but at least Barb got photos…
These lovely little crabs are a type of Xeno Crab. We usually see white or dusky red Xeno Crabs on Whip Coral, where they grip the whips with there feet. This is another type that we hadn’t seen here before. rather than living on Whip Coral, these guys live on Sea Fans and colour themselves appropriately, except for a white strip on their backs.
These three crustaceans above are Saron, or Marble Shrimp. They live under rubble and can be very hard to find. On one dive Liberty and Fekia, the two guides, found four different types within 3 metres of each other!! Having only seen one or two in the last year, suddenly we saw four in five minutes and all different.
And a great week’s diving here wouldn’t be complete without an octopus or a nudibranch, so below are my two favourite from this week, one of a Wonderpus and the other a delightfully colourful nudi..
It was very difficult to choose a video clip for this week. I saw a Broadclub Cuttlefish egg hatching, the wonderful Saron Shrimp, great Xeno Crabs, but the clip I liked best was of a Spindle Rosy Cowrie. These cowries live their lives on Sea Fans. Like all cowries they have a shell, which is usually fairly plain. All the colour and texture you can see on this one is, in fact, it’s mantle, or ‘foot’, which it extends out of it’s shell to cover itself with. This is how it camouflages itself.
This little guy had got to the end of a branch on the Sea Fan, and it gave me the opportunity to film it’s bright little eyes and mouth as it was feeding itself.
And now, the rest of the stuff we saw. It was a surprisingly good week for Blue rings. After last week and the Blue Ring we found then, we didn’t expect to see many more. well the next day we found another, and then another the day after that! Most unusual but very welcome, as everyone at the resort got to see one. We also saw Mimics, Wonderpuses, Coconut and Reef octopus. We saw Flamboyant, Pygmy, Reef and Broadclub Cuttlefish. Crustaceans included Tiger Shrimp, Bumblebee Shrimp, Xeno Crabs, Mantis Shrimp, Whip Coral Shrimp, Orangatan Crabs, Porcelain Crabs, Hairy Shrimp, Zebra Crabs, Coleman Shrimp, Hairy Squat Lobster, Elegant Squat Lobster, Saron Shrimp, Paron Shrimp, Boxing Crabs, Decorator Crabs, Emperor Shrimp, Harlequin Crabs and Tozeuma Shrimp. We saw many different members of the Scorpionfish family, including Waspfish, Leaf Scorpionfish, Ambon Scorpionfish, Stonefish and Spiny Devilfish. There were plenty of Seahorses, with Bargabantis, Pontohi’s and Thorny’s. We saw Lembeh Pygmy Seadragons, Pygmy Pipehorses and Pipefish. There were juvenile Fingered Dragonets (adults too), Cockatoo Flounder, Stargazers and Helmut Gurnards. Plenty of Ghost Pipefish too, with Ornates, Halimeda and Robusts. And there were, of course, frogfish, with Randall’s, Giant, Hairy and Painted all being seen.
Thanks to all our guest for coming. we had guests from Germany, France, Italy, Singapore, Australia, the States and Spain….
Click the strip below to open Barb’s photos in a new window..
Date Posted: March 28, 2011 @ 6:47 pm Comments (1)