Indonesia is a country where full of natural resources and has diversely cultures moreover, people in Indonesia long time ago live in harmony and peaceful. It is a pleasure for me to be able to write this diary for everyone who is interested to come to Indonesia and enjoy the magneficent scenery,observe the enviroment and be part to contribute little untill great effort to protect this country heritage. Thank you for our anchestor father British Naturalist Afred Russel Wallace (1823-1913) who explored Wallace Paper and Charles Darwin paper about the Origin species because of that Today we can know and learn and keep learning about the wallace line and triangle coral ( Sarah Ann Wormald 2015, p.8 ).”
Lembeh Strait has a great assortments of strange fish, macro critters and nudibranches, such as hairy frogfish, flamboyant cutlefish, juvenile barramundi cod, juvenile pinnate batfish, rhinopias, harlequin shrimp, mandarin fish, snakeblennies in the open, large beautiful stinging anemones, ghost pipefish, pygmy seahorse, mimic octopus, blue-ring octopus, nudibranchs and the list goes on…
27-28 degree July and Agust cooler .expected 26 degree.
10-15 m species available,20-30 sand dive area but unexpected critters can be seen.
Best time to visit:
all season , the best time jamuary to may. July to Dec is windy and forecast is unpredicted as a result of our Globe rotation.
Octopus Species, flambouyant cuttlefish,Rhinopias,Frogfish, Eels,Pipefish,Seahorse and many more.
Catching any critters are prohibited, it’s advisable to inform the diving operators what species you would like to see
Diving sites near Honeybay: Resort are Mandarin place,Tanjung kuning, jiko 123 and Pulau Dua, while at Bitung the sites are Teluk kambahu,Pantai parigi,Jahir,Royos,Air Bajo, Air perang, House reef ex mandarin fish.
Adult, min of 15 yrs old, is healthy with license certification. Divers need to sign standard safety diving and medical statement. Diving computer is required; you are also required to bring torch and stick. It’s advisable to observe critters and not in anyway disturb them as some critters are poison and invisible.
Medical Center in case of emergency
Bitung RSAL : Jl. Yos sudarso no 26 – Telp : +62 438 21264
Bitung RSUD : Jl. Manembo nembo – Telp : +62 438 31881
Mandarin Fish at 18m
The mandarinfish has a body shape similar to a goby, though this is the only resemblance between the two. The vivid coloration sports a bright blue background, with swirly orange stripes and a blue-greenish face with bold blue stripes. The large pelvic fins are used for ‘walking’ on the seafloor and are often mistakenly seen as the pectoral fins. The real pectorals are located almost at the center and are nearly transparent, with a tinge of bright blue. Stripes continue onto the second dorsal fin, the anal fins and on part of the tail, the rest of which is striped in vibrant orange and blue. The dorsal fin, which is exceptionally tall in males, has a striking orange-and blue design as well. The eyes are usually red with black pupils. Different varieties sport different markings and colors.
Mandarinfish has a mixed diet that consists of harpacticoid copepods, polychaete worms, small gastropods, gammaridean amphipods, fish eggs and ostracods. In the wild, feeding is continuous during daytime; the fish peck selectively at small prey trapped on coral substrate in a home range of many square meters
Pygmy Seahorse at 30m
The pygmy seahorse is both tiny and well camouflaged. It is very difficult to spot amongst the sea grasses, soft corals, or gorgonians (sea fans) that it inhabits. Other distinctive pygmy seahorse characteristics include a fleshy head and body, a very short snout, and a long, prehensile tail. With their short snouts, they have the appearance of baby animals. Pygmy seahorses are 14–27 millimetres (0.55–1.06 in) long from the tip of the tail to the end of the snout, so that their vertical height while swimming is still smaller. An adult may be as small as 13 millimetres (0.51 in) long.
True pygmy seahorses have distinctive morphological markers.which are; unlike other seahorses, they have a single gill opening on the back of the head, instead of two on the sides, and males brood their young inside their trunk instead of in a pouch on the tail.
Only known to occur on gorgonian corals of the genus Muricella, the pygmy seahorse is typically found between 16 and 40 metres depth
c.wikipedia & arkhive.org
Hairy Frogfish at 40m
This small fish grows up to 22 cm (8.7 in) long. Like other members of its family, it has a rounded, extensible body, and its soft skin is covered with irregularly-arranged dermal spinules resembling hairs. Its large mouth is forwardly extensible, allowing it to swallow prey as large as itself. The coloring of its body is extremely variable because individual fish tend to match their living environments.
This species inhabits shallow, sandy areas or rocky and coral reefs to deep waters. It can be found from the surface to 210 m with average occurrence at 40 m deep.
As all frogfishes, A. hispidus is a voracious carnivore which will devour all right-sized prey that pass within reach, usually other fish, but sometimes even its own kind. It can swallow prey its own size.
Rhinopias at 50m
Rhinopias is a genus of scorpionfish native to the Indian and Pacific oceans. It has a maximum length of 23 cm (9 in) and its dorsal fin has twelve spines and eight to nine soft rays while the anal fin has three spines and five soft rays.
Native to the tropical western Indo-Pacific. Its range extends from the coasts of East Africa to Japan, Indonesia and the northern half of Australia. Its depth range is 18 to 55 m (59 to 180 ft) and it is usually found on coral reefs or rubble seabeds.
They feed on crustaceans, cephalopods and fishes employing a lie-in-wait strategy, remaining stationary and snapping prey that comes near. With their mouth they create a vacuum and suck prey in during a nearly imperceptible split-second movement (15 milliseconds). Some have algae and hydroid growth on their body surfaces (stonefish) and at least one species (Decoy scorpionfish Iracundus signifier) has a dorsal fin that looks like a swimming fish, a behavior similar to that of the frogfish. Some species (for example the weed scorpionfish) sway their bodies from side to side so they look like a piece of debris.
c.wikipedia & starfish,ch
Nudibranches at 60m
Nudibranches are a group of soft-bodied, marine gastropod molluscs which shed their shells after their larval stage. They are noted for their often extraordinary colours and striking forms. Currently, about 2,300 valid species of nudibranchs are known. The word “nudibranch” comes from the Latin nudus, naked, and the Greek βραγχια, brankhia, gills. Nudibranchs are often casually called sea slugs, but many sea slugs belong to several taxonomic groups which are not closely related to nudibranchs. A number of these other sea slugs, such as the photosynthetic Sacoglossa and the colourful Aglajidae, are often confused with nudibranchs.
Nudibranchs occur in seas worldwide, including both the tropics and Antarctica. Nudibranchs live at virtually all depths of salt water, from the intertidal zone to depths well over 700 m (2,300 ft). The greatest diversity of nudibranchs is seen in warm, shallow reefs, although a new nudibranch species was discovered at a depth near 2,500 m (8,200 ft)
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