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Win free spot for Underwater.kr Shoot-Out @ NAD Lembeh

As mentioned before NAD Lembeh will host a UW Photo Shoot-Out organized by Underwater.kr this december (8-15). The whole resort will be blocked for the Shoot-Out – prices are over 35.000 US$ Value and include Cash Prices! Now Underwater.kr announced a Online Photo Competition to win a free spot for the Shoot-Out (Value: 965 US$). Please check the Competition Page for Details. Good luck to all participants!

Underwater.kr Lembeh Photo Shootout 2012

Shootout at NAD Lembeh Resort

NAD Lembeh proudly announces, that underwater.kr will be hosting a UW Photography Shoot Out at NAD Lembeh Resort this December.

Date: 8~15th Dec 2012
Location: NAD Lembeh Resort, Lembeh Strait, North sulawesi, Indonesia
Prizes: Over US$35,000 including Cash prizes.
Please note, the list of great prizes will keep growing so please keep visiting Photo Shootout Page to see what’s new!

* 08th : Registration & Orientation, Welcome Function
* 09 ~ 13th : Dive Photo Contest, Photo Seminar
* 14th : Awards Ceremony
* 15th : departure from the resort

Official Underwater.kr Photo Shootout Page: http://www.facebook.com/UnderwaterkrPhotoShootout
More detail will be here: http://underwater.kr/shootout/2012/
Photo Contest Rules: http://underwater.kr/shootout/contest_rules

Judges: Simon Buxton plus other judges TBA

Sponsors:
– NAD Lembeh Resort
– Nauticam International Ltd.
– Maluku Divers
– Cam Square
– GoPro for UnderWater
– FUN-IN Underwater Photo Equipment Co., Ltd.
– Halcyon Korea
– INON
– more TBA.

Media Partner: ScubaNet

Package Price: US$965.00/person (ROH)
Package Inclusions:
* Accommodation (Twin share basis)
* All meals, morning and afternoon snacks
* Guided boat dives x 17 (air)
* unlimited Self-guided House Reef diving
* All tax
* EXCLUDE: Airport Transport: USD$40/car/max 4pax/one way

For book your seat, please contact uwkps@underwater.kr

The story of the “Little Green Shrimp”

New Phycocaris Species

The Little Green Shrimp (the newly discovered green Phycocaris species) is one of the very hot Critters in the Lembeh Strait at the moment. Several other dive centers already managed to find them and it is becoming a very popular subject with UW (Super-)Macro Photographers – especially with the ones that already have seen ‘everything.’  Even though we have already written several times about the little green shrimp, we now want to officially tell the story about its discovery.
It was first seen in October 2011 by our Dive Guide “Aso”. Aso has been with NAD Lembeh for several years,  starting as a gardener and working his way up.  Aso has a lot of talent and a big passion for the really tiny stuff. Hairy Shrimps, Tiny Nudibranchs, Lembeh Seadragons and all other critters that normal people almost can’t see are his absolute favourite. So obviously he has his nose always close to the reef – like on that one day in October.

Aso Tadete, Dive Guide at NAD Lembeh Resort

Our Dive Guide Aso, who discovered the little green shrimp

Aso was diving with a group of 4 Divers from Taiwan (Nikki, Color, Ariel & Tommy). They had a great week with superb critters like Hairy Octopus and other really rare stuff. On one morning dive at Dante’s Wall on the northern end of the Strait Aso then saw the Little Green Shrimp for the first time. It looks exactly like a “Hairy Shrimp” … only that it is fatter, has no hair and is green. Luckily Aso’s divers all had cameras and brought back some pictures of the shrimp. Back in the resort, Aso came immediately into the office and said that he found a new species. So we all had a look at the pictures and none of us – even not the oldest guides – knew that shrimp. We then posted the pictures on web forums and it did not lead to any positive ID. The opposite was the case: We got contacted by scientists and shrimp specialists who were interested in samples (We didn’t collect any ). They were not sure if it is a variation of phycocaris simulans (Hairy Shrimp) or a new species of phycocaris. So we started to get really excited about our little green shrimp.  Strangely enough, one of our former guides, Jhoe, also found one during a liveaboard charter about a week later – in Alor, which is quite far away from here.

Where to find the Little Green Phycocaris

In these Sea Squirt Clusters you can find the little green shrimp

After this first specimen that we saw at the far northern end of the Lembeh Strait we found the Green Shrimp on several other dive sites all over the strait. They are very small (smaller than a grain of rice) but is is still possible to find them, when you know where to look. They live in the Ascidian Clusters in between the little green-white ascidians that look like Olives. And usually we find them in between 10 and 20 meters.
As there are now already several other dive centers finding this shrimp and everyone starts to use its own name for it, we want to suggest “Phycocaris tadetei” (Aso’s real name is Olbert Tadete) as a future scientific name. For day-to-day use, we will stick to “Little green Shrimp” 😉

Geoffrey’s 100th dive!

A cake for his 100th dive

Even though his group had only 2 dive days at NAD Lembeh Resort (they have been in Manado before), Geoffrey could log his 100th dive in his logbook. His Dive buddy Daniel secretly informed us – so it was a big surprise for Geoffrey when the restaurant staff switched off the lights and brought out the cake and the guitarrs. Congratulation Geoffrey and keep diving!

New NAD Lembeh Maskstraps

Neoprene Mask Strap

Since Yesterday we have NAD Lembeh branded Maskstraps in our shop. They are made from Neoprene and are adjustable with velcro … Bella (Zee and Simon’s daughter) really likes them. So we will keep one for her until she finally can start diving. We now have T-shirts, Polos, Caps and Maskstraps on stock … and we are already thinking about, what we could brand next 😉

NAD-Lembeh Caps arrived!

New NAD-Lembeh Caps arrived

After we received our T-Shirts and Polos last month, we now also have adjustable NAD-Lembeh Baseball Caps on stock. They are Navy Blue and White and the perfect sun protection for Critter Lovers. Plus Zee also stocked up our souvenir Shop with a lot of beautiful items.

Tripadvisor Travellers Choice 2012

travellers choice awardThank you to all our guests for voting for us in the Trip Advisor Travellers Choice Awards. In the ‘Bargain Hotels of Indonesia’ we placed 15th.  We are the highest placed of the hotels in the Lembeh Area, and 2nd highest for North Sulawesi, a special congratulations to Jaako and Mia from Living Colours Resort over in Bunaken for finishing 14th.

See for yourself here.