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^)
Heavy rain poured down over Ishigaki island this morning and it was windy too! (;・∀・) We still went out diving, and it was the last dives of 2019☆ Osaki area was nice and calm so we did both dives there. This year has been full of exciting meetings underwater, today, we met this big sea turtle(≧▽≦)
The coral reefs in Osaki♪♪ Lots of small fishes dashing in and out of the corals(≧▽≦)
Found lots of shrimps too♡ It’s been a while since I found a Dragon shrimp♪♪
A Mantis shrimp☆
On the swaying whip coral sat a couple of whip coral shrimps♪♪
Below, an anemone shrimp.
Of course, we also saw the squat shrimps wagging their little tails☆
Another year of spectacular diving in Ishigaki island(≧▽≦) I’m looking forward to seeing what next year will bring☆
It really feels like summer in Ishigaki island(≧▽≦) We went for three dives today☆ In the morning, we joined our friend’s boat for dives in Yonehara and at Manta point＼(^o^)／ In the afternoon, we went diving in Osaki on the other side of the cape♪ The Manta rays were still in good form!!
Did I mention it was a very sunny day? (^O^)
In Osaki, we met the green sea turtles♪♪
It’s been a while since we got to float over the coral garden in Yonehara♪ So beautiful♡ I always look forward to diving here(*´▽｀*)
At Manta scramble, we saw the manta rays! But also so many corals have been growing up.
This snake sliddered over the sand at Yonehara, there was quite a lot of them today☆ I think it has a cute face♪
What do you call a little shrimp on a whip coral? A whip coral shrimp♪♪
And below is an Anemone shrimp(;・∀・)
I hope we can have many more summery winter days like this, but I guess that might not be possible(;^ω^)
We woke up to a sunny Ishigaki this morning(≧▽≦) With three discover scuba divers onboard we went diving at Osaki and Manta Scramble☆ The drive out to Manta scramble went smooth but, as we came up after the second dive, the wind had turned north and was picking up strength… Below, a photo from the dive briefing this sunny morning(｀・ω・´)
Two of three divers did their very first dives, they swam very well♪♪
On the first dive, the green sea turtles came to greet them☆ They always look too content on the rocks(≧▽≦)
We approached slowly and took a photo together(≧▽≦)
For second dive, off to Manta point! It might be the last chance to meet them this year I thought as we swam over to the cleaning station and there they were♪ One manta was circling the cleaning station the whole time☆ We saw a total of four different individuals(≧▽≦)
It was a very lucky day to go diving on♪ｗ
The corals were also doing well I noticed as we swam over them☆
From tomorrow, the weather is supposed to start turning over to winter again(;´･ω･)