We have been retraining our guides to treat critters with more respect and a lot gentle. It is not easy to break old habits as to start a new one, but they are trying really hard, and getting a lot better.
The fact is, most of the time the critters will pose nice for photographers if we approach them gently and slowly and calmly. If we do not get a good picture of them this time, we can always come back, maybe they are more approachable the next time. For there is always the next time.
We have a request for blue ring this week. It sometimes happens we found blue ring on the day the guests left. Madelaine and Geoffrey had one critter left to see, the legendary blue ring. We have looked and looked and looked every where and had no luck seeing any. The day they left, Beary and I decided to join the second dive. And sure Beary, with his brilliant eyes, found this 7 cm tall blue ring at 12 metters dept in Aerbajo.
The spot blue rings appear when the octopus agitated or provoked. In this picture you will not see much of the rings appeared on his body, but it’s a good thing, it means he was not feeling threatened.
This poisonous beauty had his head out from his hole with the rest of his body inside . He was checking around for a second.
The next second he slowly pulled the rest of his body out, and there he stood straight like a warrior.
Then artistically took his dance steps, swimming from one spot to another, and just letting us admire his friendly pose.
What a dive!!!
We have been seeing 4 babies sharks swimming in shallow water in our bay. Too bad they won’t let me take pictures of them, they ran away anytime we got close to them.
Now, what do you do when you got bitten in the bottom?
A vase shell bitten the giant clam from the back. (Here is below picture from the top)
More we got from underwater this week ….
They are rarely in the wish list of our divers. Many guides called them Pegasus fish. To me, they are likely shape a tiny dragon of the sea. I don’t see many of them here in Lembeh strait, so cross path with them underwater is unique. With their beautiful body-patterns look, perfect wings in both sides, big gleaming eyes watching us, and the long toothless jaw can form a tube-like mouth ready to suck tiny invertebrates from their burrows, list them in one of many beautiful critters here in Lembeh. They have modified pelvic fins to allow them to walk the sea bottom. Sadly their beauty lured people to sell them for aquarium.
It’s a little difficult photographing them when they are not in pair or in a group. They are calmer when they are together, you will have more chance to photograph them better. We happened to find this handsome when he was swimming alone in Sarena Patah. He was running around and only luck we got picture of him when he passed by in the front of our camera.
What are you celebrating this week? Here at KBR, it’s Sergey’s Bday, he got the surprise Bday underwater and above water.
We found this handsome when he was very little. He is growing now and was chewing something when we passed him by. Once in a while allow us to post pictures of him unedit, just the way he is.
And what’s cooking in our kitchen? It’s the night to smoke our homemade bacon.