We never make promises about what we might see underwater while diving but we do promise you, we see unicorns in magical Bunaken Marine Park, on almost every dive!
Unicorn Fish, Acanthuridae Naso, that is! The one pictured is commonly called a Big Nosed Unicorn Fish or Blue-lipped Unicorn Fish and is in the Surgeonfish family. They love to play around in divers’ bubbles and are quite common around Bunaken walls. They are usually seen by themselves or in small schools next to deep drop-offs where they feed on Zooplankton but sometimes will hide in cracks in the rocks during the day. We get many different types of Unicorn Fish here but these ones are the most beautiful and colourful.
Adults can change their colour from dark to light and do this often, they have blue lips, a blue/purple stripe over the nose and beautiful long tail the back, the body is covered with dark lines and spots which help them camouflage. If they are scared or sleeping they change their colour to be a muddy green. The juveniles are a much darker green but are sometimes following an adult around. They have two hook-like plates along the tail for defence which are as sharp as a surgeon’s scalpel which is where the name ‘Surgeon fish’ comes from.
In other news from Two Fish Divers Bunaken Resort, we had an exciting New Years’ Eve with lots of games organized by Rebecca! We loved playing Pictionary!! There were plenty of fireworks going off from the beach and you can see lots of photos taken by Rebecca on Two Fish Divers Bunaken Facebook page. Thanks to; Almira and Sergei, Megan and James, Bjoern and Anna, Jacqui, Kristy, Tina, Nigel, Rebecca and Zach for joining in for the celebrations.
Kristy has completed the first three weeks of her PADI Divemaster training and has headed back home for a break (back to work) before returning to Two Fish Divers Lembeh to finish up her training. It has been wonderful having you here and introducing you to the next level of diving.
Bjoern came to Bunaken with only one specialty but has been very busy over New Year and has completed his PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty and PADI Night Diver Speciality with instructor Colin. He then did the Project AWARE Coral Conservation Specialty and Project AWARE Dive Against Debris Specialty with instructor Maia. He has now earned himself the PADI Master Scuba Diver Certification which is 5 specialties. Well done!! You are the first Two Fish Master Scuba Diver of 2020!!
Ever thought about becoming a Master Scuba Diver or even a PADI Divemaster? If you have what it takes then we can help you make it happen here in North Sulawesi or anywhere in Indonesia. Get in touch to find out more.
To everyone not with us over New Year; Selamat Tahun Baru (Happy New Year in Indonesian). We hope to see you diving Bunaken soon for amazing wall diving in warm water surrounded by coral, turtles, fish and more.
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