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Jawfish and a classic last dive in Lembeh

Jawfish and a classic last dive in Lembeh

March 28 – 29   From Ned: The old adage about the blind squirrel aptly fits my dubious underwater hunting prowess. My found acorn in this instance was the serendipitous discovery of a symbiotic relationship between a three-inch jawfish and an ornately patterned shrimp. The chance encounter actually began a few weeks back in Gainesville, Florida where Anna and I had a lovely visit with renowned ichthyologist and long-time friend Dr. William Smith-Vaniz and his wife Esther. … Read entire article »

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Frogfish and Abalone in Lembeh Strait

Frogfish and Abalone in Lembeh Strait

March 26 – 27 –We’ve seen a number of frogfish this week and they seem to be unusually mobile. Frogfish are ambush predators, blending into their environment by barely moving until prey comes within reach. In a flash, so fast in fact it is barely discernable on video played back in slow motion, they expand their cavernous mouths and hoover in their victims. My favorite was a beautiful green Giant Frogfish, Antennarius commersoni, bouncing along the bottom … Read entire article »

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Inspecting Anemone Hermits, beautiful Thorny Seahorses and a night dive grump fest

Inspecting Anemone Hermits, beautiful Thorny Seahorses and a night dive grump fest

March 24-25 – This morning we made the twenty-minute boat ride to one of the distant dive sites, California Dreaming, named by Scuba Diver Australasia’s editor, David Espinosa, years ago when he was diving the Strait with his mentor, legendary critter hunter, Larry Smith.The towering underwater precipice festooned with a multihued gallery of both hard and soft corals, provides a stunning visual contrast to the local muck sites. We went in search of Convict Fish and did … Read entire article »

Filed under: Indonesia, Lembeh