TINY EGGS IN A COCONUT SHELL
Flamboyant Cuttlefish are one of my most favorite critters. The magnificent colors make it a very popular photography subject because The juveniles usually display bright yellow, pink and white. As they grow older, the colors turn browner. Capturing them on film is mesmerising: Flamboyant Cuttlefish “walk” along the sea floor, changing color bands.
After mating, the bigger females usually lay the eggs under rocks, pieces of wood or in an empty coconut half. You may have seen the little, whitish, translucent eggs before when diving in Lembeh. It takes around 2 weeks for the little hatchlings to develop and take on the characteristic colors. The other day I was lucky to find a coconut half in the shallows of “Kareko Batu”. As I carefully turned it over to check if there’s eggs, the first baby Flamboyants started to hatch!
HATCHING FLAMBOYANT CUTTLEFISH
It was one of the most incredible things I’ve ever watched underwater. Seeing these 1cm small creatures changing colors and breaking through the eggs. It looked like a bit of a struggle for some of them, but eventually most of the little Flamboyant Cuttlefish hatched during the 20 min. I was watching them.
Some of the freshly hatched Flamboyant Cuttlefish stayed in the coconut half for a little while. Most of them swam off straight away to either rise in the water column or settle down on the sand. The challenge for me filming this very special event was to focus on one or two eggs. Of course then the neighboring egg, which was not in my frame, cracked open!
PUT IT ON YOUR BUCKET LIST!
Unless you already have, I’d highly recommend putting hatching Flamboyant Cuttlefish on your wish list when you come diving in Lembeh. Even if you do not take pictures or video, only watching these little guys on their first baby “swims” is quite something!
Why Dive with NAD-Lembeh?
NAD-Lembeh Resort is a small, owner-operated, photography-oriented dive resort in the Lembeh Strait. We are situated in a private bay on Lembeh Island, away from the hustle and bustle of the mainland. We guarantee a 2:1 guest to guide ratio as standard, which makes for a private dive experience and lots of time to take pictures.
ROOMS & BUNGALOWS
All our rooms (10 Beachfront Rooms, 5 Seaview Bungalows) offer ocean view, air conditioning, hot water, wifi, including full board. Our resort has only few steps, which makes our layout extremely convenient to get from your room to the restaurant, camera room, bar and floating jetty.
Our dive team consists of 15 full-time guides, with over 100 years of combined experience! Air as well as Nitrox and various cylinder sizes (both DIN and Yoke are available onsite).
BOATS & FLOATING JETTY
NAD-Lembeh has 4 large, purpose-built dive boats. Each at around 15m long, they offer lots of space and comfort for the divers. Boats feature onboard toilets, towels, drinks and snacks and first aid/ oxygen
Our jetty allows our guests dignified and quick boat entries – all our dive boats can be moored simultaneously, so there is no wading through the shallows to get on the boat for the dive!
NAD-Lembeh Resort has been purposely built for photographers: our huge camera room features individual work spaces and we have 6 rental systems on site.
We offer 1:1 photo classes and our guides are all proficient in photography, using our rental equipment for fun dives when not diving with guests.