The forecast was for north wind this morning but we woke up to a sunny Ishigaki(≧▽≦) However, as we departed from the beach the north wind came in strong and cold(;´･ω･) We still went for three dives in Osaki area☆ There, we met this green sea turtle who was very sound asleep(;・∀・)
This one is the biggest turtle in Osaki right now☆ A magnificent individual(｀・ω・´)
Lately, we have started to see the giant cuttlefishes more frequently♪♪ It’s still not the mating season, I hope we will get to see many more!
A little pipefish with bright red eyes♪
A stonefish was well hidden in the sand, only the eyes and month vere sticking up(;・∀・)
A little frost nudibranch♡
We can see many of this type of nudibranch in Osaki right now☆
This fish looked like it was making an angry face as it hid underneath the rock but, actually, it was getting its mouth and body cleaned by small shrimps☆
We saw lots of small shrimps, below, an arrow cleaner shrimp♪♪
A teeny tiny anemone partner shrimp♪ It was floating around an anemone♪
The wind blew strong and cold today but from tomorrow it will calm down again☆ I wonder if the temperature will go up too.
Thanks to the south wind it’s still warm and nice in Ishigaki Island(≧▽≦) Today, we departed from Kabira and went diving at Yonehara and Manta point♪
Sadly, the mantas didn’t show up today～～(ﾟДﾟ;) First fail this year(;・∀・) On the other hand, we’ve been super lucky to get the chance to see them at all this early! And there was a big green sea turtle there to greet us♪
A small Scorpionfish blending into the background♪
We saw three of these flatworms today☆
Two big banded boxer shrimps were hanging out in a hole♪
A whip coral shrimp (≧▽≦)
The weather will be colder again from tomorrow(;´･ω･) We already prepared an moved the boat over to Sakieda, looking forward to diving in Osaki and Nagura again(*^▽^*)
The wind blows from the east and it almost feels like summer in Ishigaki island (≧▽≦) There was a little bit of swell but we could depart from Kabira beach and go diving at Yonehara and Manta point☆ Both of them have very beautiful coral gardens(*^▽^*) Below is Yonehara♪
And this is at Manta scramble☆ Lots of small table corals growing up＼(^o^)／
Today’s guest did her first dives with us! I was surprised by her good buoyancy(≧▽≦) We all floated smoothly over the corals♪♪
Lots of sea goldies♪
We also saw a Manta ray at Manta scramble☆ This time we had to wait over 20min before it appeared, but then it stayed and circled around(*^▽^*)
It was still circling the cleaning station as we had to go up before our air ran out(;´･ω･)
The weather forecast looks good for tomorrow too(^O^) We’ll be diving in Kabira again☆
The weather has been really warm and sunny in Ishigaki Island the last few days(｀・ω・´) As the sea was much calmer than expected, we could go out to Manta point today(≧▽≦) We did our first dives in Osaki and then drow around the cape to try our luck with the manta rays! I thought it would be more choppy, but it was quite a smooth ride there♪
A Manta ray appeared at the cleaning station where it circled around and around＼(^o^)／ We could see it very close, later another one showed up!
A green sea turtle was also relaxing among the corals at manta point☆
So many corals! (≧▽≦)
We also saw many smaller critters, like this scorpionfish♪
And some Nudibranches (*^▽^*)
It looks like this good weather will last for a while(^O^)
Happy new year! 2020 has arrived and I hope it will be another year with many good dives! The year got off to a good start, it was really warm and sunny in Ishigaki island today(≧▽≦) We did three dives in Osaki and Nagura area☆☆ This giant cuttlefish came to greet us＼(^o^)／ I hope we will see many of them this spring as the mating season approaches.
A sleepy green sea turtle♪ There was so many turtles in Osaki today, most of them chilling on the rocks(^O^)
This whitetip reef shark was hiding under a coral bommie☆ I haven’t seen them at this site lately but today this one was back(｀・ω・´) Hopefully, it will stay around for a while.
The corals in Nagura♡ So many different species in such a small area!
There were many robust ghost pipefishes around too. Below, two of them had formed a pair♪
This flatworm was crawling over the corals(≧▽≦) Then it fell down while we were watching(;・∀・)
A tiiiiiiny nudibranch(*^▽^*)
A blue spiny lobster juvenile♪♪
An anemone shrimp.
Anemone partner shrimps, many of them were busy cleaning other fishes(;^ω^)