Creature Feature: Miamira Alleni

With tons of different kind of nudis in the Lembeh Strait, I find it hard sometimes to get excited about the „sluggy stuff“. However, there’s certain species which, even if you’re not a nudi lover, are just spectacular. Sometimes it’s their funky colors, sometimes their incredible shapes, just like the Miamira Alleni which Joni Toy spotted the other day.

Goby Quiz!

How well do you know your gobies from the Lembeh Strait?  Here’s a quick quiz of just some of teh gobies you can look for during your stay in Lembeh.  Of course, we all have a favourite goby, and tastes may be different but there is one thing for sure, they are way cooler than nudibranchs!

Yesterdays Photos Today

In the last week we’ve had all kinds of octopus, from blue ringed to mimic and the usual other cephalopods.  Many kinds of frogfish, and of course all the other usual tiny critters that you associate with Lembeh. My favourite moment was sitting with a pair of gobies whilst they had a territorial dispute, which in turn allowed me to get very close without disturbing them.

Black Rayed Shrimpgoby feeds partner shrimp some poop!

Have you ever wondered how the partner shrimp in the Lembeh Strait get their food? I always assumed that 100% of it came from digging through the sand and finding morcels of food between the rocks and grains of sand.  Today changed my opinion – the shrimp goby clearly plucks a piece of poop from the water column and passes it down into the burrow for the partner shrimp – I peered over the top of the camera and the partner shrimp did pick it up and withdraw into the burrow with it.

Mating Mandarin Fish

It’s just before the sun disappears and most of us divers feel like having a beer, when the actual magic on the reef happens. Mating Mandarin Fish are something all divers should experience at least once during their stay in Lembeh. It’s when one of the most beautiful and stunning fish appears briefly to mate around sunset time in order to avoid any bright light.