Visiting the Dive Site’s Locals

One of the reasons why I love diving in Lembeh is that you can re-visit dive sites to look for “the locals”. Certain critters and even fish stay in the same area unless they get disturb. Therefore, if you didn’t manage to take a photo or video on the first go, there’s always the opportunity to go back and shoot again.

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.

Juvenile Sole mimics Flatworm

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. Read more…

A Shrimp Larvae in development

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 Read more…