Never too busy to dive …

Never complained about weather here in Lembeh Straith. We get enough raining at night, and bright sunshine in the morning to cheer up our dives. Water temperature stay at 27. Dive in Tanjung Kubur this morning was amazing, hairy octopus finally show up. We will find the picture and share it in the next post.

Let’s go easy today. Let’s share about the hairy frogfish from Jahir to the giants frog fish we can find in our house reef and the painted frog fish from the other dive sites. Frogfishes are the master of Camouflage and lie-in-wait predators. Attack takes place when the prey is within grasp which takes no more than 6/1000 of a second. They expand their oral cavity engulfing the prey with a reflex that instantly sucks it in by creating suction pressure inside the mouth.Very easy to photograph because they can stay still and not move while you photograph them.

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Have you seen Flabelina doing gymnastics?

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Or the porcelain crab known for doing hide and seek all the time.

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We hope you can never be too busy to dive ….

They are bamboo shark. Though they don’t bite, and only grow less than a meter, they are predator to small fish and invertebrates.

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We hope not the harlequin swimming crab ….

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What about our recent dives? Water temperature is 27, just perfect. Critters have been amazing. Food is great. Everyone has been extremely happy with our work. We still cook pizza every week, last week we got an order for 5 pizzas from one of our neightboor resort here.  I hope they like them as much as we do.  We hope you as well enjoy life …. wherever you are!!!!!

As I am writing at this very moment, about 320 km from us in the island of Ternate is where you can see the total eclipse of the sun.  The shadow of the moon reaches the earth’s surface in the Indian Ocean then moves across Indonesia and out into the Pacific Ocean with a maximum eclipse duration for about four minutes. Hundreds and hundreds of people right now photographs the eclipse from the island.

What do we do here at KBR? As always Beary got the idea. He took very old dark floppy disks and share part of the eclipse with the rest of us. Katsuko and Audrey are joining us.

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“And how about the night dive in house reef last night?” we asked Katsuko and Audrey. Their eyes wide open and excitingly show us the images of blue rings they found in 8 meter in our very own house reef. (Images of blue rings credit to Audrey and Katsuko)

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A Play Underwater

It’s always great to see all these amazing critters underwater, but I think it makes a lot more interesting when you see the play they perform and trying to read the story in between…. as long as you stay really still and allow them to get the show to go on ….

Mr wonderpus here seemed to be annoyed by something. He was moving around uncontrolled. Spread his arms wide, pulled them back closer to him, spread his arms again staring sharp at Mrs Coconut.

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He seemed to be chasing Mrs. Coconut here who did not seemed to show any interest of anything about him.

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Trying to catch up behind them was the wonderpus …. quietly … slowly … from a distance ….

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Do you know that octopuses have three hearts? Two branchial hearts pump blood through each of the two gills, while the third is a systemic heart that pumps blood through the body.

I wonder if what they said was true, that the octopus is perceived as loners, who didn’t engage in courtship rituals but just coupled and got it over with.

It was told that Males prefer large females … if only that happens all the time in human life, we are all will have happy life. The large females were preferred because they produced more eggs. The male will give her his sperm without leaving his den, and she didn’t leave hers. Nobody has to give up their space.

The octopuses start mating three or four months before the female laid eggs. Three weeks later, when they hatched, the thousands of offspring swam away and the mothers died within a week, after just a year or so of life while the males can live for only a few months after mating. The female will fall apart and loses color of her skin and die. What a short life after all the good time.

 

Once the long dry season ended last year, the rainy season slowly returned to the coconut island of North Sulawesi. What a relief it was!!!!

We were warned about the impact of El Nino here in Indonesia. We could expect a  long dry season. We anticipated a lack of water resource for our resort. But, hey, we have been blessed. We have been supplied well from the water spring in the mountain of Aer prang.  Anyway, …. the rainy season the end of last year brought our land a large supply of fresh fruits. Guests have been very happy with the extra fresh fruit we served daily from rambutan, Mangoestan to manggo. Rambutan called the most Exotic fruits is the hairy fruit from the Sapindacea family. It is rich in iron which is essential for the human body to function to transport oxygen from the lungs to the different tissues. The best news about eating rambutan, it is highly effective in lessening the body fat because the fruit is high in fiber content (2 g per 100 g of fruit) and, at the same time , low in calories. What a good news for those of us trying so hard to lose weight. Another seasonal fruit we have is Mangustan . It has a sweet, tangy, citrusy peach flavor and texture. It has great nutritional value.  You must know by now, we like to feed our guests healthy food. The better news is, all the fruit is organic.

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Today on the afternoon dive at Aerbajo, at 12 meter, as we got closer, we saw a big wide open eye watching our every move. The 6 centimeter Amphioctopus marginatus sat calmly inside a bottle. She did not move, but her eyes clearly said … “I am watching you” …..

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plus these two just hang in there ….

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Guides come to Rescue!!!

It’s Rescue Training time here at KBR. Everyone got very serious.  Rescue Training is one of our regular training classes every few months.

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Got a little fun to pose for pictures ….

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Not everyone is alone ……

 

This year in Lembeh strait, February really does say something about love. At least to critters ….  Once we collected the images we shoot in February, we noticed there are more couple critters in a lot of our images. They are not necessary all lovers, but at least not many are alone in this Valentine month.

Take a look at Mrs Nudi for instance. She seems to be trying to meet her mate from the top of the rock, …. talk about Juliette calling out to Romeo …

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Or the hairy squad lobster who hesitated to leave his friend behind. He must have known about U.S. Soldier’s Creed  ….

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Or the Coleman shrimp who was trying to catch up with his partner,  …

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Sometimes it’s nice to give someone a ride home …

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or the sting ray play hide and seek …

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even the cleaner shrimp climbing over a snake eel ….  It’s good to know not many are alone in Valentine month …..

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The Survivor ….. mimic octopus

Known as one of the most intelligent critters, this native Indonesian able to imitate as diverse a range of forms in order to elude predators. In his surviving mode you will find him shape like lion fish, sea snake or any other critters. To us he was known as the survivor. At 15 meter when we encountered with him, he was in better mood posing for us. Then we noticed one thing …. He had lost two of his 40 cm arms. He posed for us for 5 minute  before he slowly crawling into his nest.

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20 days stay

Henning has been staying with us for 20 days. To us, it doesn’t feel that long.  He has joined us in the corral planting.

Here at KBR, guests who are willing to participate in our coral planting project, pay a small amount of money for the cost of building a block. They plant coral which they can personalize with names or anything they want to be written on the block. We have placed over 20 blocks around our dive sites, personalized by each guests. Henning has requested a heart shape which we taylor made for him. It has his and his wife’s name on it. He was very happy with the block and had one place in one of our site. He plans to come back on their wedding anniversary next year and show his wife the block.

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Here we posted one of his image here when the octopus approach him during shooting and sit comfortably on his lens.

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He wrote to us last week:

“During my trip to explore the best critter places in the world I had the pleasure to stay in KBR for 20 days.  My only problem when describing my time spent with KBR is that I have to use the word “excellent” too often. Almost everything I found and experienced with KBR earned the attribute “excellent”. Diving in Lembeh with KBR and enjoying the resort is a clear recommendation – I will definitely come back!”

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