The Dragon Shrimp (Miropandalus hardingi) usually lives on whip corals and is quite a rare critter in Lembeh, although at the moment we seem to have a lot (and a lot of everything in general!). It is not a very exciting animal, so my video is quite short, it did move a little bit so there is some ‘action’ in there. I shot this selection of clips and images whilst giving Stenly and Johan a dive as part of their photo courses. Stenly shooting the 7D and Johan with the S95.
On yesterday’s morning dives i came across this beautiful shrimp: A Dragon Shrimp (Miropandalus hardingi). It’s a 2cm long shrimp that lives on black corals and has a green-yellow colouration. Even though it looks a little bit like the more common whip coral shrimps dasycaris zansibarica (on spine) and Pontonides ankeri (no spines) this shrimp has 3 big and long spines on its back that give him its dragon like look. I spend a good 15 minutes photographing this little shrimp while not paying attention to the frenetic tank banging sounds in the background – after the dive it turned out, that i missed a blue ringed octopus and a harlequin shrimp that our guide Stenly had found in the meantime 😉
Happy Chinese New Year everyone and welcome in the year of the (sea) Dragon! The Lembeh Seadragon (Lembeh Pygmy Pipedragon, Kyonemichthys rumengani) is a recently dicovered species that has been seen for the first time in Lembeh Strait in 2006. It belongs to the Family of seahorses and pipefishes and is closer related to them than to the actual seadragons that are known from Australia. But the Lembeh Seadragons got their name because of their unique way of swimming, which reminds much of the Australian Seadragons.
The Lembeh Seadragons live in pairs (sometimes up to 10 pairs in one area) and are usually hanging with their tails attached to overhanging walls and crevices. Before Sunset they can be seen free swimming and courting. They are extremely thin (about 1mm) and grow to about 3-4 cm in length.
Best Places to see Lembeh Seadragons in Lembeh Strait: They can be basicly on any bigger rock or coral bommy. Nudi Falls, Pulau Abadi and similar sites are usually good to look for them. But the best place to find them is NAD Lembeh Housereef where there are constantly several pairs around since many years.
Photo Tips: A 100mm Macro for photographing individuals or a 60mm Macro for photographing swimming pairs.
As mentioned before, our old Dive Boat Banggai is now a Wreck on our housereef. This week i went in to sink another wooden boat close to it to put a second wreck attraction on the housereef. After finishing the sinking job i also went to check out the marine life on Banggai itself – and i was positively suprised: I counted the insane number of 10 Lembeh Seadragons on the hull of Banggai alone. These fascinating animals are already amazing in daytime, but at dusk it is pure magic. The couples will let go of the wreck and swim together for mating. It is a unique experience, that can be seen easily shorediving from NAD Lembeh …