This week in Bunaken… Big love sometimes come in small packages. Guillermo from Belgium together with Dive Guides at Two Fish Divers Opel got to witness two Pontohi pygmy seahorses in a beautiful dance. The little lovers swam around each other for a few minutes and ended up holding tails hooked on to a bit of coral. We are crossing our fingers for pygmy-pygmy seahorses soon! Thank you Guillermo for the photo. Do you only sea one seahorse? The second one is upside down, like a mirror of the top one!
Guillermo has had plenty of luck during his time here (and he deserves it as he does three dives per day + snorkelling in the afternoons!) with among other things tiny little baby frogfish, lots of rare nudibranches and two blue ringed octopus! Blue ringed octopus are very rare here in Bunaken Diving, but in the last two weeks there have been four separate sightings. We really hope they are here to stay!
The last week has reminded us that conditions can change very quickly. DMTs Barbara and Thano got to experience chilly 26 degrees and a bit lower visibility (which in Bunaken means 12-15 m, we are spoiled!) during their PADI Deep Diver Specialty. It didn’t get warm until they were back up on the safety stop. The following day PADI Advanced Open Water students Adams and Yi got to feel what it’s like to fly when all of a sudden the current was pumping. And then, the day after that when Adams and Yi completed their PADI Enriched Air Nitrox course all of a sudden the water was a balmy 30 degrees, the water crystal clear and not a breath of a current. That’s what make diving so interesting, you never know what Mother Nature might throw your way!
Jean – Luc from France did his Open Water course four years ago and hadn’t dived since. After a thorough refresher with Dom he got right back in to it. Before the second dive he wondered if there was any chance that they would see turtles. When it comes to turtles, Bunaken always delivers – he stopped counting after the tenth one!
We are happy to welcome two new Divemaster Trainees to the Two Fish team; Barbara from Belgium and Andreas for Norway. Keep an eye out for their blogs!