On yesterday’s second morning dive our guide Stenly found (amongst other things) this little baby Octopus for his three Japanese guests. The little fellow had the size of a fingernail or a small coin and was still transparent … you could even see his internal organs working. Its colouration was a little bit like a pygmy squid or a bobtail squid. We think it is a newly hatched Coconut Octopus – this would also explain his preference for little objects and shells … it was grabbing anithing it could find in the sand and tried to hide in it. This picture shows two little shells that i offered him as a little present.
Most fishes look cuter when they are juvenile – and this goes specially for frogfishes. So of course we were quite happy, when we found 2 tiny baby painted frogfishes on a dive this week. When they just hatched, they can be found as tiny little blobs in the sand. They are about 3-4 mm long. On this picture you can see one of the baby Frogfishes next to the tip of my pointing stick. We hope there are some more of them and that we will find them soon … as long as they are still small and cute 😉
When i took our Guest Mood diving this week we were actually trying to find the Hairy Octopus again … but as often: You don’t always get what you ask for. Anyway: we still had a good dive with various Highlights such as several painted frogfishes, cool nudibranchs and other interesting stuff. But the best thing was this tiny little Baby Frogfish, that i found in a piece of Algae. It is a very juvenile Randall’s Frogfish – one of the rarer frogfish species here in the Lembeh Strait. Distinctive is his high head, the very flat body (which you cannot see in this picture) and a tiny white spot behind the eye. A very cool critter which we hope to photograph again once it gets a little bigger (thae grow to about 5 cm in size).
It’s “Baby Time” in Lembeh … or at least this it how seemes. This morning we bumped into a lot of juvenile critters on both dives. We saw juvenile frogfish (that fit on your thumbnail), various tiny juvenile nudibranchs (that would fit under your thumbnail;) ), several baby cuttlefish (also flamboyant cuttlefish), a tiny juvenile robust ghost pipefish and a baby pinnate batfish. And even besides that … we just kept going from one critter/photo subject to the next for 75 minutes on each dive.
The diving is really good these days and very rich in critters: very uncommon for january … but we will not complain 😉
In Lembeh Strait, there are a lot of things to see. Also on NAD Lembeh housereef – We have wrecks, coral patches, algae fields, seagrass, rubble, coral and sand. But we also have something that is not really something that you would expect on a “mucky” housereef: A school of Barracudas. Ok, they are juveniles, but they are still Barracudas.
It is a quite big school inhabiting one of our housereef wrecks. They are about 5-7 cm in length now and already behave like proper barracudas. Which means the swim in a school and sometimes even turn as a little “Barracuda Tornado” over the wreck – just like in other famous Barracuda spots. Unfortunately visibility is not sooo good on the housereef these days, so we could not take a wide-angle image of it yet.