So Many Nudibranch

Today, the wind blew northeast over Ishigaki island(;´・ω・) We departed from Sakieda beach and dived in Osaki and Nagura area☆ So many different marine critters and animals on today’s dives! (≧▽≦)
Below, a Nudibranch traveling over the sandy bottom☆

This nudi looks kind of tasty, don’t you think? We see it quite frequently but it doesn’t make it any less beautiful(*’ω’*)

This nudibranch was quite big, I only seen this species a few times(^O^)

If you keep your eyes open, you might be able to spot one of these Pipehorses♪ There are quite a few of them around♪

A Spotted garden eel(≧▽≦) Looking grumpy as always(;・∀・)

This year, there are a lot of Robust ghost pipefishes around(/・ω・)/ Their colors differ between individuals(^ω^)

Below, a pair of them chilling together♡

A Scorpionfish☆ This one was moving quickly over the bottom, something you often don’t see(;・∀・)

Of course, we also saw many kinds of reef fishes and soothed our mind swimming over the beautiful coral reefs♪

Looking forward to more dives in Ishigaki’s Osaki and Nagura area this winter!

North Wind Again, Fun Dives Departing from Sakieda

The wind has turned back to north in Ishigaki island(;´・ω・)
We saw many different marine animals when diving in osaki area(≧▽≦)

A pari of Robust ghost pipefish♪

A scropionfish♪

A Ribbon eel poking its head out♪

An Orange spotted prawn goby with eyes like soccer balls♬

Nudibranch(*’ω’*)

We also saw lots of small shrimps and other critters. Tomorrow we have a full boat with both fun divers and discover scuba divers☆

Two Days of Fun Diving

The north wind still blows over Ishigaki island(;´・ω・) We couldn’t go out to Manta point but we had some very good dives in Osaki and Nagura area(≧▽≦)
At one dive site, we almost always see Sea turtles! And they are very friendly so we can get very close♪♪

A tiny Pikachu Nudibranch(≧▽≦)

Below, another colorful Nudibranch☆

A Mantis shrimp hiding inside its hole. This one is still quite small.

A Whip coral shrimp on a Whip coral☆

Anemone partner shrimps☆

A pair of Robust ghost pipefishes♡

This tiny fry was quickly swimming across the sandy bottom. It’s a juvenile but I haven’t figured out what speices.

Below, a banded pipefish♪

Lionfish close-up♪ We can see them at most dive sites this year.

A stonefish!

I’ve been taking lots of pictures♪ Looking forward to more diving tomorrow☆

Let’s go Fun Diving

The sea conditions calmed down a lot overnight in Ishigaki island(≧▽≦) The north wind is still strong so we went diving in Osaki area♪ Our resident sea turtles were there to welcome us☆

Around the spot where we often see schools of Batfish there were two different kinds today, Dusky Batfish and the Longfin Batfish (below)(^O^) The were getting cleaned under the big rock♪♪

It’s still very early in the season but we spotted a Giant cuttlefish today(≧▽≦) Its colors changed rapidly and it soon swam away(;・∀・)

On the sandy bottom a tiny Pipehorse♪

A flounder hiding in the sand☆

Anemone partner shrimps♪

Tomorrow we’re starting a new Open water course☆

Lots of Critters in Ishigaki’s Osaki Area

Another day with strong wind and this morning the sky was dark too in Ishigaki island(;´・ω・)
Despite the wind, Osaki area was still calm☆ We saw many different critters on today’s dives(≧▽≦)
Below, a pair of ghostpipefish♪♪

Frost Nudibranch☆

A White-ray Shrimp goby☆

Anemone parter shrimp☆

Bat fishes(*’ω’*)

I wonder how long this windy weather will continue… luckily, some of our best dive sites are sheltered from the north wind♪♪