Posted by: Kaj Maney
I wish I could do every dive that we send out everyday…
I do manage to get out one or two times a day, but there is nothing worse than being back at the dive center when everyone gets back from the dive and you hear them talking about all the wonderful things they saw on that dive..this was really brought home on a couple of dives this week.
The first instance was when Barb came back from Jahir. I love Jahir, a great muck site and there always seems to be a lot of different things to see, from Frogfish to Mimics, Tiger Shrimp to Velvetfish and much more. I had stayed back at the Dive Center and went out to meet everyone when they came back. Barb had a rather big smile on her face..
It turns out that they had seen one of our rarest shrimps on a very unusual location. Bumble Bee Shrimp are one of our rarest critters. They are, of course, very small and are usually found at the bottom of sponge complexes or under old half-buried ropes. Where we have never found them before is on the back of a sea cucumber in the middle of a much site!!
Apparently (as I wasn’t there to confirm) the little guy was quite happy sitting on the cucumber, posing for everyone!! And, as you can see form Barb’s photos, it made a beautiful background to take some wonderful photographs.
The second instance was a dive that neither Barb or I were on. Again, it was a matter of being in the right place at the right time. Some of the guests managed to see Coconut Octopus being born!!! They sat there and watched tiny little octopus babies squirting out of their eggs held in their mum’s arms!! Amazing and a truly one-off sight…
One things we did both managed to see, that we hadn’t seen before was five small (2ft/60cm) Black Tip Sharks swimming around under our over-the-water restaurant at lunch!! The water saw extremely shallow and there was no way to get there to take photos, but it was a very cool thing to see.
And this is why Lembeh is such a fabulous place to dive. Everyday, every dive there is something new, something different to see. I always go out expecting the unexpected, never knowing what it will be and always seeing something new and never being disappointed….
This week’s video is of another great crustacean. This one is very topical for us, as it’s the Orangutan Crab.
Orangutan (Orang Utan) literally means ‘man of the forest’ in Indonesian, and these crabs really seem to look like their land-based namesakes.
Orangutan Crabs are covered in ‘hair’, which I presume is some sort of algae. They can be nearly hairless to very shaggy indeed, as these two are. We find them in many places, including Bubble coral, sand and sponges.
Not only do they resemble Orang-utans with their hair, but they also seem to sway their front legs from side to side in a very good imitation of an ape!!
The rest of this week’s diving has been great.
We’ve seen Mimics, Wonderpus, Hairy, Algae, Coconut, Reef and Long Arm Octopus. There have also been plenty of Flamboyant Cuttlefish, as well as Broadclub, Pygmy and Giant. And there have been Giant Squid, Pygmy Squid and Bobtail Squid. Crustaceans include Harlequin Shrimp, Harlequin Crabs, Bumble Bee Shrimp, Tiger Shrimp, Saron Shrimp, Paron Shrimp, Boxing Crabs, Skeleton Shrimp, Zebra Crabs, Emperor Shrimp, Decorator Crabs, Commensal Shrimp, Bubble Coral Shrimp, Elegant Squat Lobster, Peacock Mantis Shrimp, Hairy Squat Lobster, Hairy Shrimp, Squat Shrimp, Snapping Shrimp, Orang Utan Crabs, Blue Boxer Shrimp, Xeno Crabs, Tozeuma Shrimp, Xenia Shrimp, Xenia Crabs and many more. There have been pink and yellow Bargabanti Pygmy Seahorses, as well as Pontohi Pygmy Seahorses. And there have been Common, Thorny, Estuary and Long Snout Seahorses. Ghost Pipefish include Robust, Ornate and Velvet. We are still seeing many Winged Pipefish, as well as Network, Bent-Stick, Double Ended, Ringed and Mushroom Coral Pipefish, And there have been Lembeh Seadragons and Pygmy Pipehorses. Fish sighting have included Snake Blennies, Stonefish, Lembeh Velvetfish, Spiny Devilfish, Flasher Scorpionfish, Stargazers, Pegasus Sea Moths, Banggai Cardinalfish, Jawfish, Snake Eels, Waspfish, juvenile Dragonets, juvenile Pinnate and Circular Batfish, juvenile Sweetlips, juvenile Barramundi Cod, yellow, blue and black Ribbon Eels, Leaf Scorpionfish and Cockatoo Flounder. And there have been Warty, Hairy, Giant, Painted and Occellated (Coin Bearing) Frogfish.
Thanks to all our great guests here over Easter, from Hong Kong, Canada, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, the States and Australia.
Barb and I will be at ADEX in Singapore this coming weekend. If you are around, please stop by to say hello.
Enjoy Barb’s great photos this week. just click on the photo strip at the top or bottom of this blog.
Date Posted: April 9, 2012 @ 9:21 pm Comments Off