23 September – 4 October 2009
N1 27.384 E125 14.556s
As much as we appreciate the diversity of creatures crawling about Lembeh Strait, we appreciated more our guides who led us to them.
Visiting divers will never get to see critters without the help of our Indonesian dive guides from Lembeh Divers Resort. They see the animals like they have a map in their heads – an internal GPS that leads them to animals they know by scientific names.
Our very own guide Paulus would quietly hover like a falcon a meter above the muck and after 5 or so minutes, dive down to confirm his find. He showed us a staggering array of animals. What amazed me most was his constant finding of 4mm baby orange frogfish. When he knew I was going to write a baby critter blog entry, I got it from him big time! He showed me one baby after another!
Some of the Indonesian guides from Lembeh Divers have been diving for more than 10 years, when Lembeh became known to the world as critter mecca. One dive guide Abner has been diving Lembeh for 11 years, and guess what, he’s been logging his dives since he began. He has logged more than 6,800 dives and I’m pretty sure a PhD student analyzing his logs can make an interesting scientific paper – a 10-year critter history of Lembeh Strait.
It was International Clean-up Day on 28 September, and I joined the resort staff to clean up a nearby beach.
Oh my! The entire beach was FULL of trash. Plastic was everywhere, and one day was not enough to clean them all away.