I’ve only recently started enjoying taking pictures of gobies. There’s around 500 different species only in the Indo-Pacific region but one of my favorites is the Magnificent Shrimp Goby. With its beautiful dorsal fin, almost like a sail, and the beautiful pattern on it, it’s very photogenic. The shrimp goby usually shares a burrow with, turns out to be quite pretty too: Randall’s Pistol Shrimp are brightly colored in red, white and yellow.
Although April is still considered our low season here in Lembeh, we can’t tell by the amount of critters and especially Frogfish we’ve been spotting lately. Several Hairy Frogfish on a few different dive sites, Giant Frogfish in all kinds of colors and a whole portfolio of both Warty and Painted Frogfish in varying sizes have been seen.
To say that my dives with Paulus and Stenli are always a bit “stressful” sounds so negative, it’s of course positive stress 😉 However you just can’t stay with your subject for more than 5 minutes because sure enough one of them will find another highlight on the dive to shoot!
We’re constantly thinking of more ways to reduce plastic and have just implemented a few additional changes around the resort.
Since the conditions at the dive sites in the North of Lembeh are perfect at the moment, I have been focusing mainly on wide angle photography. Sites like Yiko Yansi, Dante’s Wall, California Dreaming, Angel’s Windows and Pulau Putus offer some fantastic wall, coral reef and cavern dives! Although diving in Lembeh is dominated by finding small critters and creatures, they can also be found on sites where both wide angle and macro subjects are present.
We’ve had the honor to welcome Tommy Schultz, editor for the Garuda inflight magazine “Colours” at NAD. As a result, he has put together a great article about diving in Lembeh and with one of the most experienced dive guides. Paulus started his dive career almost 30 years ago with muck diving pioneer Larry Smith and we’re proud to call him the Supervisor of our dive team.
We’ve been spotting several Blue-Ringed Octopuses in the last week and to top it off, I’ve found a couple mating yesterday. Not sure if mating is seasonal since I couldn’t find any reliable information anywhere – the last pair I’ve seen was in October last year, which makes me think that Blue-Ringed mate all year round.
Helen Brierley and Dan McGanty from the US have just recently visited us here at NAD for a week of diving in Lembeh. Their passion for the underwater world was quite obvious from the beginning: after 3 dives per day, they would furthermore head out for a Blackwater Night dive every night.
November is probably the best month to see the biggest variety of critters here in Lembeh. It’s also the time of the year when conditions are perfect to dive in the North of Sulawesi, around Bangka Island for example.
Immer mal wieder haben wir „Wiederholungstäter“ hier im NAD-Lembeh Resort. So auch in den vergangenen Wochen: „Opa Werner“ aus Deutschland macht bereits zum fünften Mal bei uns Urlaub!
Wobei Urlaub für den mittlerweile 84-jährigen nicht im Vordergrund steht, viel lieber filmt Werner mit seiner Videokamera samt Gehäuse und Keldan Lampen interessante Kreaturen oder aber auch mal nur Korallen auf seinen mindestens drei Tauchgängen pro Tag. Da bleibt nur wenig Zeit für Anderes, aber für einen interessante Tauchgeschichte aus seinem Leben ist Werner immer zu haben.