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New Camera, First Two Dives...

New Camera, First Two Dives...

 New Camera, First Two Dives

I was finally back in the water, replacement camera in hand. 

Flooding a camera is a terrible experience. I had avoided that feeling for over a decade, but when you dive with a camera in a plastic box under pressure, i

Melibe Madness!

Melibe Madness!

We had an noteworthy find recently: something from the genus Melibe, which has some very interesting members. 

 

Over the past year all the resorts in Lembeh have received an increasing number of a single name on the wish lists: the Melibe colemani. We

The Spell of the Hunt

The Spell of the Hunt

 

Our Dive Centre Manager Ben is starting off his blog contribution with something artistic... a poem about one of the most sought-after critters - the Rhinopias. 

The Spell of the Hunt

Rhinopias, Rhinopias, Rhinopias: The echo of promise resonated across the world-famous L

Monkey business with Dr. Gerry Allen

Monkey business with Dr. Gerry Allen

Gerry & I had a fabulous afternoon in the Tangkoko National Park. No fish, but plenty of fun.... and sweat.

Tangkoko is a popular sidetrip from Lembeh for nature lovers. I hadn't been there in years and with Gerry visiting on his own, I decided to tag along to the forest. We walked

Getting older in style

Getting older in style

As my annual Age Counter clicked over another year on May 22, I decided to celebrate simply. I spent my weekend shirking my responsibilities and getting a load of dives in. The visibility was great, the seas calm and the currents co-operative. I managed to go out for six dives and here are

To Mimic or Not to Mimic

To Mimic or Not to Mimic

So now that we are all clear on telling the difference between the wonderpus and the mimic octopus, I’d like to delve further into the realm of the mimic.

There are actually three species in the mimic family: the mimic, the brown mimic and the white-v octopus. The latter two look v

Mimic or Wonderpus?

Mimic or Wonderpus?

So, how do you tell the difference between a mimic and a wonderpus? Let's try to make this clear.

I can understand the confusion telling a mimic from a wonderpus. They are alike. But if you see them side by side, the differences are obvious. Having our guests ask what’s the difference i

Thomas Schwarz Lembeh Gallery

Thomas Schwarz Lembeh Gallery

Our good friend and frequent guest, Mr. Thomas Schwarz, has kindly given us a big pile of his excellent photos to pick through. As he comes more than once every year, I had so many photos that I just couldn't choose. This paralysis lasted quite some time, but in my new-found burst of blogging

Odd Frogfish of Lembeh

Odd Frogfish of Lembeh

Since Lembeh Strait is considered "The Frogfish Capital of the World", anyone who dives here can expect to see plenty of the popular critter. Differentiating between the various species can be tricky though, especially the smaller ones. Juveniles can be quite different from the

A Dr. Gerry Allen Gallery is up!

A Dr. Gerry Allen Gallery is up!

We have just posted a selection of photographs kindly donated by our friend Dr. Gerry Allen from his recent time with us. Just roll your mouse over the Lembeh Gallery icon to your top left. Rare species, new species and "regular" species, these fish pics show a good variety of Lembeh denizens.

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