second time staying at NAD Lembeh Dive Resort. The guides here are pretty incredible at what they do. They are not dive masters, they are not there to check your air, or count off your safety stop, they are there to find critters.
The black sand and rubble fields in the Lembeh Strait contain some of wildest marine creatures. If you are an avid scuba diver and things like wonderpus, hairy frogfish, and flamboyant cuttlefish are on your life list of creatures to see then head to the Lembeh Strait. Relatively mild currents, the abundance of spectacular wildlife, and the characteristic black sand of this area make the Lembeh Strait a favorite destination for underwater photographers. Heidi and I did 40 dives between the two of us over our week at Lembeh.
Stay tuned for some crazy critters.
Friday, May 30, 2014
Thursday, May 29, 2014
|Can you see the pipefish?|
|Robust Ghost Pipefish|
|Bumphead parrotfish among the wreckage of the US Liberty|
|Pics for Sale|
|Juvenile Emperor Angelfish|
Wrasses like the one to the right often have beautiful coloration. They are one of the largest families of fish with over 600 species found throughout the worlds oceans.
|Ornate Ghost Pipefish|
|On the hunt|
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
|Tiny free swimming bobtail squid|
|Sea Star Shrimp|
|Giant Mantis Shrimp|
|Jeweled Anemone Shrimp|
|Let the search begin|
|Boxer, or Pom Pom crab|
|There is something special about this boxer crab, a bunch of eggs attached on the underside. Lots of little boxer crabs to find on future dives!|
Monday, May 26, 2014
|Red Line Flabellina|
|Risbecia tryoni with a commensal Imperial Shrimp|
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
|Sunrise at Tulamben Beach|
|Part of the school|
Phoebe, Erica, and I met up with our dive guides Tisnu and Eka at 5:30am, before sunrise. We were determined to be the first ones in the water. Soon after descending, the outlines of these huge fish emerged out of the darkness. We floated as part of the school as the sun rose above us. Small movements suggested the parrotfish slowly waking up as more and more divers showed up around us. After some time we left the school to descend further and explore the wreck.
|Bumphead Parrotfish in the wreck|
It is hard to envision the form of the ship as it must have been before time and waves had taken their toll on it. The sights of an old anchor, a hatch wheel, and a massive hold still give the impression of a once working ship.
|Phoebe and Erica inside the wreck|
|Scuba Diving inside the US Liberty|