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Sea beans, Hermit Crabs and the Liberty Bug

Sea beans, Hermit Crabs and the Liberty Bug

          March 22-23: I spent the morning on the beach looking for sea beans. Confined to the surface by a head cold, I’m consoling myself by searching for treasures, drifted in from the sea. I try to collect some from every shore we visit and was not disappointed today. Johnny, one of the dive team, tells me the local name for the flat red seed is “batu panas.” “Hot rock?” I ask. He demonstrates by vigorously rubbing the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Indonesia, Lembeh

Skeleton Shrimp by day, Hingebeak shrimp by night

Skeleton Shrimp by day, Hingebeak shrimp by night

March 20 – We made our first dive of the day at Nudi Retreat, a site where I have, in the past, seen a swarm of convict fish juveniles. No luck finding them today, but we did find a gorgonian just loaded with skeleton shrimp. These tiny crustaceans of the family Caprellidae, with their riotous behavior, are interesting enough to consume an entire dive. The females carry their eggs in an abdominal brood pouch and when … Read entire article »

Filed under: Indonesia, Lembeh

The Indonesian Critter hunt begins

The Indonesian Critter hunt begins

Ned and I arrived at our second home, Kungkungan Bay Resort in the famous Lembeh Strait, Indonesia yesterday afternoon. On the ride from the airport, we realized that our first trip here was ten years ago! We spent several hours catching up with friends and touring the latest additions to the resort before jetlag caught up with us and we crashed for the next 11 hours.   Over the next two weeks, friends will be flying in … Read entire article »

Filed under: Indonesia, Lembeh