Blue Ring Octopus have been everywhere form months now, which is unusual to have them around for so long. The guests have seen them mating, feeding, fighting and now we saw a beautiful specimen with eggs. Blue Rings doing normal behaviour are a Top 10 Critter for Lembeh, where would you place one with eggs?!
Blue Ringed Octopus have a life cycle of 2 years, however, for this female her time is nearly up as once the eggs hatch she will die. She will not have eaten for the entire pregnancy (which lasts around a week to 2 weeks). This beautiful girl has moved away from where we found her, hopefully to live out the rest of her days in peace without any photographers! Hopefully in a few months we will start to see her offspring out feeding.
This was a first for me and as such the video is probably not as clinical as it normally would be. I also left the clip in of the Octopus leaving the bottle without being abused.. Although to be honest I am sure he would not have left the bottle if there were no divers around.
I finally got around to posting my Hairy Octopus video, we’ve seen 3 in 3 days now here in Lembeh!
We’ve been having fantastic diving recently, and we have been having some fun with the guys taking pictures and also annoying out yearly repeat guest, Mood.
Mood has been to Lembeh every year for the last 5 years and still does not have the hairy octopus, he always missed it. We see it when he has a bad ear, when he skips a dive, or they find it on the same dive he is on but he has gone off looking for something else and is too far to call over.
The other day the boys took me to try to find the Hairy Octopus for the first time, and they found one on each of the first 2 dives – they haven’t found one for a while so there was quite a lot of excitement, and obviously a lot of bravado beforehand, and even more afterwards.
I was pretty amazed by this creature, so i thought it only fair that I let them click off a few shots whilst we were waiting for the guides to find Mood.
Here are their shots!
The other day at TK I found (well of course i didn’t, the guides did!) a pair of Commensal Shrimp (Periclimenes imperator) sitting on the back of a Glossodoris nudibranch.
I also managed to get a few video clips of them feeding as well, these are some of my favourite shrimp, just behind the coleman shrimp… which i’ll go looking for in a few days:
Here is a Video Shot by Dustin Adamson took back in April. Dustin shot this with a Canon 5dMkii and the 100mm lens:
Congratulations to Dustin for editing such a wonderful piece.
Our Guests Markus and Nicole from Germany have been diving with us this January/February for 3 weeks. It was their first trip to Lembeh Strait and they were amazed by the immense biodiversity and all the beautiful and weird critters. Now they put up a slideshow with their photos and videos on vimeo. It has 4 parts – this is the link to the first one. You’ll figure out how to find the other ones. Ah … and please don’t get irritated by the strange music selection.
Below is a movie shot by one of our repeater guests EunJae here in the Lembeh Strait, he shot the movie using a Canon 7D in a Nauticam housing with tripod and L&M Sola 1200 Video Lights. As you can see he has a thing for Hairy Shrimps.
To see more of EJ’s work visit www.ejlabs.net