THE LATIN NAME SAYS IT ALL
The Wonderpus or Wunderpus photogenicus is one of the most photographed subjects in Lembeh. That is of course, if you can find it! Being a crepuscular hunter (active during twilight), the Wonderpus typically hides in a hole in the sand during day-time. Also, the Wonderpus is often confused with a similarly looking cephalopod, the Mimic Octopus (Thaumoctopus mimicus). We will look into both species and point out some differences, which will help you distinguish between the two!
A CLOSER LOOK AT THE STRIPES
The Wonderpus’ stripes, which have sharp boarders, go all the way to the suckers and suckers are brownish in color. The markings on the Mimic, are poorly defined, the arms have a thin wide line or boarder, the suckers are completely white.
DIFFERENT SHADES OF BROWNS
The Wonderpus has more of a reddish, almost orange color with different shades of rusty brown. Dark brown, almost black with white are the colors which are dominating in a Mimic.
CLOSE UP ON THE EYES
The Wonderpus has long, v-shaped eyes on long eye stalks with pulsating colors. The Mimic however has straight eyes on short and round eye stalks. The patterns may disappear but the colors itself don’t change.
PREFERENCES IN HABITAT
Whereas the Wonderpus prefers rubble and rougher bottom texture, the Mimic lives on sandy bottoms. Usually, the body shape of the Wonderpus does not change but you can quite often see the Mimic changing shape and mimicking different animals.
WONDERPUS OR MIMIC?
Have a look if you can spot these differences in the video below, especially the white boarder on the sucker base of the Mimic and the pulsating patterns around the eyes in the closeup shot of the Wonderpus.
Why Dive with NAD-Lembeh Resort?
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!
Our focus at NAD is to take your underwater photography to the next level. We offer 1:1 photo classes and our guides are all proficient with photography, using our rental equipment for fun dives when not diving with guests.
We shoot video up to 8K, along with Nikon/ Canon SLR and mirrorless setups. This gives us a rounded knowledge of all cameras. We are also the go-to location for natural history filming in the Straits.
Our newly renovated, huge camera room offers one work space for each and every guest. The spacious, individual benches with lots of power points were purposely built for underwater photographers. NAD’s dedicated camera room is also the perfect place to work on and edit your pictures.
Several rental cameras and strobes are available onsite. We have basic tools and spare parts in our gift shop in case of minor camera problems as well as a drying cabinet, and computer for you to work on and edit your photos.