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Juvenile Sole mimics Flatworm

May 20, 2016 by Serge Abourjeily No Comment

On a recent Blackwater Nightdive i took this photo of a Juvenile Sole. Even though juvenile Soles are not uncommon in Lembeh Strait this is the first one i’ve ever seen free swimming in the the water column. This is particularly interesting as these juvenile Soles are often stated to be imitating Flatworms. Kind of obvious as they ...

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A Shrimp Larvae in development

May 17, 2016 by Serge Abourjeily No Comment

On a recent Blackwater Nightdive I was lucky enough to witness a Shrimp Larvae shedding its skin. During our Blackwater Nightdives we attract weird planktonic creatures with strong lights and get to see various juvenile fishes, squids, octopi, worms and a lot of strange crustaceans. This shrimp caught my eye and at first I thought it ...

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Denise Pygmy Seahorse: Creature Feature

January 11, 2016 by Serge Abourjeily No Comment

The Denise Pygmy Seahorse (Hippocampus denise) is one of the several Pygmy Seahorses to be seen in Lembeh Strait. Like its bigger cousin – the Bargibanti Pygmy Seahorse – it lives in Seafans. But this species is not restricted to one type of seafan. It can be found it different types of seafans AND in ...

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The Bandfish: Creature Feature

December 30, 2015 by Serge Abourjeily No Comment

One of the lesser known and more rarely seen families of fishes are the bandfish. These elongated, snaky looking creatures are relatively big and usually found quite deep – down to about 500m. But some species of bandfish can be found in shallower areas. For example the Yellow-Spotted Bandfish (Acanthocepola abreviata) which we see on some spots here ...

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Spirit of Lembeh 2015 – the annual album

December 18, 2015 by Serge Abourjeily No Comment

The year is about to come to an end and – like last year – i want to post an album with my favourite moments, critters and photos of the last 12 months. The one big thing to mention about Lembeh 2015 is the extremely good high season we had. The cold water period started early ...

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INON LF800-N – in the Spotlight

December 6, 2015 by Serge Abourjeily No Comment

The INON LF800-N is a torch that interested me since it first was released. The LF800-N is a special interest torch and has a very narrow 5° beam that creates a spotlight like effect. This can be ideal as a search or night dive light – or used in photography or videography. Now i finally got around to buy ...

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Water temperature gets warmer – diving stays hot

November 8, 2015 by Serge Abourjeily No Comment

We had some really good summer months in Lembeh Strait. From a critter lover’s point of view that is equal to colder water temperatures. From July until middle of October the temperature was around 25-26° C. This means, that you’ll need a thicker wetsuit and also a hood  and/or a vest. But in return you will see more ...

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The Ghost Velvetfish

November 6, 2015 by Serge Abourjeily No Comment

On a Night Dive last week i stumbled over this very interesting fish: The Ghost Velvetfish (Cocotropus larvatus). As the name might suggest, the Ghost Velvetfish is a member of the family of Velvetfishes, which are closely related to the Scorpionfishes. But while we mostly see the Sulu Velvetfish (Paraploactis obbesi) and the Spinyskin Velvetfish ...

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Andrea’s 100th dive with Paulus

October 31, 2015 by Serge Abourjeily No Comment

Lembeh is addictive. Our return guest Andrea clearly can confirm that – because she keeps coming back here every year. This trip she could even celebrate three round numbers: 555 dives in total, 150 dives in Lembeh Strait and this morning her 100th dive with Paulus as her Dive Guide. On all her trips to ...

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