It’s the season for Ornate Ghost Pipefishes here in Lembeh! This exotic looking fish hovers head down and can usually be found in pairs or smaller groups. Most of the time Ornate Ghost Pipefishes live right next to crinoids, feather stars or soft corals. Colors can vary from black, red, yellow to white depending on the habitat.
Males appear “spikier” with their jagged edge fins and body. It is believed that all Ghost Pipefishes settle as males first. Only some then change to females at a later stage. Females are normally bigger and develop a huge brooding pouch where they can carry up to 300 eggs. Ornate Ghost Pipefishes have an annual cycle. The larval stage juveniles have a pelagic state before settling onto the reef or sand. Juveniles can be identified by their large, translucent tails with silver tips.
HARD TO SPOT
Ornate Ghost Pipefishes (Solenostomus paradoxus) are extremely well camouflage what makes them hard to find. However, they usually stay in a restricted home range. If you have been lucky to find one, you are likely to find them again if you go back to the same spot a few days after. Ornate Ghost Pipefishes blend in well with their host and habitat, such as feather stars, soft corals or sea fans. They feed in the current, on minuscule crustaceans which they catch from the water.
HOW TO SHOT?
Best lens for mirrorless is Olympus 12-50mm because Ornate Ghost Pipefishes can grow up to 15cm in size. Due to the fact that they blend in perfectly with their habitats, you will have to shoot small f-stop to get the subject separated from the background. Ornate Ghost Pipefishes really do not like to be manipulated. Therefore, they are best shot by approaching slowly and keeping distance whilst they are gracefully hovering next to their host.
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.