I’ve been studying diving here at Two Fish Lembeh for six days now and am continuing to be bowled-over by the experience. It feels sad to have to leave tomorrow, but I’m looking forward to a few more days diving at the other Two Fish centre at Bunaken. No doubt there will be new challenges and plenty of cool critters to spot there. I’m very proud to have passed both my Open Water PADI course and my Advanced ‘Adventures in Diving’ course since arriving here, which qualifies me to dive to a depth of 30 meters anywhere in the world!
Last night I completed my first night dive, which was a memorable and exciting experience. At first the task of diving with just a torch to light a small path ahead was quite demanding and disorientating, but I soon adjusted and enjoyed ‘treasure hunting’ in the dark.
As part of the advanced course I’ve been learning to streamline myself in the water (Helen has taught me to ‘frog kick’) and with each dive I’m gradually using less air, so I’m getting dives in of more than an hour.
For the underwater photography module I borrowed a camera. It was quite a challenge to position myself in the water ready to get a steady shot, and underwater acrobatics adds an interesting dimension to the art of photography, but I did manage to capture some cool shots. My personal favourite is a portrait of a pair of hairy frogfish (these wonderful creatures look like a cross between a severely pissed off angora rabbit and a newt).
The underwater world at the Lembeh Straits is magical. There a huge variety of weird and wonderful creatures living down there, too numerous to mention. I see something new or funny on each dive. The last couple of days have been great for spotting Octopus (my favourite is the black and white striped Mimic Octopus). I always like the grumpy fish, like the Devil Scorpion Fish and the very aggressive ‘Nemo’ (clown) Anenome fish who protect their territory by bearing their sharp little teeth. Sometimes they even win (one bit Helen on the finger the other day!). Whoever would have guessed that Nemo was such a cold-blooded killer?!
More news later from Bunaken. Thanks for your comments. I read and enjoy them, even if I don’t always have time to reply. Please keep them coming!