As always Lembeh Strait offers premier Critter Diving. But these days there seem to be a lot of “special” shrimp around. Besides all the different cleaner shrimps, commensal shrimps and other shrimps i see these days a big amount of rare species like Harlequin Shrimps, Tiger Shrimps, Hairy Shrimps, Rock Shrimps, Bumblebee Shrimps, Soft Coral Shrimps, Xenia Coral Shrimps, Sawblade Shrimps, different coloured Skeleton Shrimps, Leander Plumosus and our newly discovered green Phyccocaris species … and probably some others that i forgot. And of course we are also seeing our usual suspects like frogfishes, seahorses, octopus, cuttlefish, scorpionfish, nudibranch, crabs and and and
It’s not a secret but it can’t be said often enough: Night Dives at Nudi Falls are just fantastic! Just as yesterday, when we went there with 3 Guests and 2 Guides. We saw loads of different crustaceans, slugs, flatworms, nudibranchs, Squids, Cuttlefish and of course also fishes. For exemple 2 big Tigershrimps with black-blue eyes (normally the eyes are rather orange), a very uncommon Janolus Nudibranch, several species of cuttlefish (Crinoid Cuttlefish, Banda Cuttlefish, Broadclub Cuttlefish), Bobtail Squids, Reef Squid, Soft Coral Cowries and so many other things, that it is impossible to remember them all.
About Nudi Falls: Nudi Falls in a Dive Site in the middle of the Lembeh Strait that is located on the mainland side. It is a combination of a wall, rocky coral areas, sand, rubble and a beautiful rubble / soft coral field. It is always a good dive – it just has to be timed well with the current. Critters that can be found at Nudi Falls: Blue Ringed Octopus, Wonderpus, Hairy Octopus, Shaggy Octopus, Flamboyant Cuttlefish, various other Cuttlefishes, Pygmy Seahorse (Bargibanti / Pontohi), Seahorse, various Ghostpipe Fishes, Frogfish, Pegasus, Lembeh Seadragon, millions of Nudibranchs, Flatworms, Cowries and crustaceans, Tiger Shrimps, Harlequin Shrimps, many Gobies and and and. It is a definite MUST DIVE, when you come to Lembeh – specially at Night.
The Tiger Shrimp (Phyllognatia ceratophthalmus) is also called Spiny Tiger Shrimp, Bongo Shrimp, Horned Bumblebee Shrimp and one of Lembeh’s Top Crustaceans. They belong to the same family as the Harlequin Shrimps and Bumblebee Shrimps and are relatively small in size – they grow to a maximum of 2 cm but are often smaller. They live cryptic and are usually hidden in sponges, rubble, Algae or broken coral – mostly in a encrusted mix of them. They are usually found by carefully turning loose pieces around. They live very often in pairs – sometimes even in little groups or families. Characteristic is their beautifull coloration, their spikes (on bigger Tiger Shrimps) and their wave like movements.
Photo Tip: Tiger Shrimps are best shot with long Macro Lenses – 100mm, preferrably with a teleconverter or a wetdiopter.
Best Dive Sites to see Tiger Shrimps in Lembeh: Tiger Shrimps are not very common, but can be found on most divesites. A good Guide is the key!
Today was another fantastic day of diving here at NAD Lembeh. This morning was somthing like the festival of miniatures. On the first dive we had several Baby Painted Frogfish, tiny Soft Coral Shrimp, baby Sawblade Shrimps, Pygmy Goby guarding eggs and a lot of other small things, that make a dive BIG. On the second dive the Mini Creatures just kept coming: A Baby Seahorse, a small Tiger Shrimp, Pygmy Seahorses, Ghostpipe Fish with eggs (Eyes of the Babys visible), juvenile Flamboyant Cuttlefish, dozends of Mini Nudibranchs and … a tiny tiny Hairy Shrimp (about 2mm in size!!). So remember to pack your magnifying glass when you come to Lembeh!