This week in Lembongan… Our boat crew was very lucky at Manta Point, while all the divers were searching for mantas in the water the crew on the boat saw a small whale shark passing by.
Whale sharks are filter feeders, like the mantas, so the whale shark was probably attracted by the plankton rich waters of the south coast of Nusa Penida. These sharks usually live a solitary life and seem to be highly migratory so it would make sense that every once in a while one would pass through our waters. But like the mantas there are still many things that are not known about these giant fish.
It seems to be getting busier already with many divers coming to Lembongan for a few days exploring the waters. Lucky for them, the water has been nice and warm and the currents have been quite gentle. These conditions are also perfect for learning on courses. We had all kinds of strangely behaving divers while Allison was doing her PADI rescue course. The simulated problems included; People falling overboard, not inflating their BCDs and panicking, unconscious divers above and underwater and many other small and big problems occurred. She did a great job though managing the different problems and in the end everybody was safe. Many divers that do their rescue course say that it was the most fun they have had on a course. The rescue course is the course, that helps you shifting your focus from yourself to the divers around you and helps you cope with emergencies when they arise but also prevent them from happening.
Our certified divers that were just out doing some relaxing fun dives saw many things this last week. Our guides spotted many small critters for them, like mantis shrimp, orangutan crabs, different nudibranchs and frogfish. But also bigger things like giant trevally, bamboo sharks, drummerfish and triggerfish have been seen.