Posted by: Kaj Maney
This week, due to slow internet and the fact we are on a short break, I will not bore you with tales of my diving at KBR, but will instead just show some lovely photos that Barb took just before we went away, and another little video clip..
For all you budding photographers and videographers out there, it really is amazing just how many subjects you can get every week. OK, so most of them are macro, but the wealth of subjects is incredible and keeps us diving on a daily basis, not something I can say about many other locations.
This week’s dives were again, full of diversity. We saw our usual wonderful mixture of crustaceans, with Candy Carbs, Tiger Shrimp, Hairy Shrimp. Mantis Shrimp, ghost Shrimp, Xeno crabs, Coral Whip Crabs, Paron Shrimp, Sea spiders, Decorator Crabs. Boxing Crabs, Tozeuma Shrimp and many more.
We saw Mimic’s Wonderpus, Blue Rings, Coconut, Long arm, and Giant Octopuses. We even saw another Shaggy Octopus. there were also more Flamboyant, Pygmy, Giant and Broadclub Cuttlefish…
…and there were Stonefish, Scorpionfish, Waspfish, Snake Eels, several Banded sea Kraits, another Turtle (well, probably the same one, as it seems to be hanging around the same dive site), Zebra Batfish, Pinnate batfish, Dragonets, Gurnards, comets, electric Clams, Seahorses and many varieties, Devilfish, cockatoo flounders, Ribbon Eels, Ambon Scorpionfish, Giant Frogfish, Painted Frogfish, Stargazers, many Pipefish..yes, another good week in Lembeh..
A couple of photos that I though deserved a little explanation this week are:
1. Paron Shrimp. these are an extremely well camouflaged shrimp, which take on the exact colour of their host, a sponge. They are so well camouflaged that probably you have no idea there is one on the photo.
The Paron Shrimp is the in the centre of the photograph.
2. Waspfish with Anemones on face. This is the first time we’ve seen this. If you look very closely (click the photo to bring it up in a larger size), you can see several small anemones on it’s skin. very bizarre.
So enjoy Barb’s photos, and I’ll write again in a few days, maybe with some photos from our break.. we are currently enjoying the wonderful hospitality of Daniele and Claudia at Siladen Resort, a beautiful boutique diving resort in the Bunaken Marine Park.
And finally, my video this week is of a ‘perfect’ Lembeh critter, the Lembeh Velvetfish. It’s incredible rare (only found in Lembeh) and it’s very mucky. I saw one of them for the first time two weeks ago, and got some good video this week. It is normal for it to sway around with what looks like no control, as it has no swim bladder and is only a few metres deep here, so the surge of the water is moving it around.
Click below or on the photo strip at the top to see the rest of Barb’s photos in a slideshow.
Date Posted: January 20, 2011 @ 10:32 pm Comments Off