The water temperature has gone down to 20°C, it’s truly mid-winter in Ishigaki! Today we went for three Fun Dives in Osaki and Nagura area♪♪ and swam over lots of beautiful corals(≧▽≦)
We also found many interesting marine animals in the sandy bottom area; Garden Eels, White-Ray Shrimp Gobies, Black-Ray Shrimp Gobies, and Robust Ghost Pipefish♪
Everyone’s favorite Pikachu♪ This Nudibranch we don’t see that often(^O^)
Hidden inside a coral I found a Mandarinfish. They hide daytime and come out at sunset so, usually, it’s really hard to get a picture during the day(;´･ω･)
Portrait of one angry looking stonefish spreading its gills and pectoral fin to scare off attackers(;・∀・)
For the last 3 pictures, I was playing with the camera in microscope mode☆A Frost nudibranch close-up♪
A Bubble Coral Shrimp
Today was a fun day with beautiful underwater scenery and many interesting encounters! I just wish it was a bit warmer(;^ω^)
The wind had calmed down a lot since yesterday and we went diving on a sunny Ishigaki Island. However, the wind made a strong comeback this afternoon and now in the evening we can hear it howling again(;´･ω･)
We saw lots of different fishes on today’s dives again between skill practice!
The corals are looking fine today too♪ Between them a family of Tomato Anemone fishes had gathered and found a home(^O^)
We also spotted lots of shrimps☆ From the cute to the cool – I like them all(;・∀・)
Below is an Anemone Partner Shrimp♪ This one looks like it’s folding its arms in a very boss like way(≧▽≦)
Squirt Shrimp♪♪ I think it’s the most common shrimp around here, but no matter how many times I see them I still enjoy finding them☆
Feather Star Shrimp♪♪♪ There are many different colors of this shrimp, but I think I like the one below best(;^ω^)
Bubble Coral Shrimp♪♪♪♪ I often put pictures of it on the blog, but this shrimp in the bubble coral was especially ador(・∀・)able!!
It was a bit cold, but our student managed to finish her Open Water Course☆☆ Congratulations and hope to see you again for Fun Diving some day.
The weather is getting colder every day in Ishigaki island now☆
On the leeward side of the island, we found a calm diving spot for our practice for the second day of the Open Water Course(≧▽≦)
We reviewed the skills we did yesterday at the beach and then went for a swim to watch the fishes and get used to the underwater world♪♪ Our student’s balance and buoyancy is improving so much all the time(^O^)
The first dive was a bit wobbly but on the second dive she swam much smoother through the water☆
The corals looked as beautiful as ever in Nagura bay♪
We can find many different kinds of corals in this area(≧▽≦)
There are many cold days in Ishigaki in wintertime but it’s worth a visit to see the abundant coral reefs.
Tomorrow we’ll continue to practice! I hope the wind will calm down until then(;´･ω･)
The hard winds from yesterday has calmed down and the sun broke through the clods in Ishigaki today☆
We went for one dive in Osaki and one dive in Nagura on today’s Fun Dives＾＾
First out of today’s strange sea creatures are these small shrimps(≧▽≦) They can be found on many of the dive sites, the one below is a Squat Shrimp♪
This is a Bubble Coral Shrimp♪ I’ve never seen one this big before!
A Feather Star Shrimp♪ It is very well camouflaged sitting in this Feather Star, but I wonder what happens in if suddenly change to another host with different color (;・∀・)
The corals in Nagura bay are looking well! I feel so relaxed every time I see them (*^▽^*)
A young Ribbon Eel fiercely opened it’s mouth wide as we approached it, despite being very small, it tried it’s best to scare us off (;^ω^)
A Stonefish had dug itself down in the sand as they usually do, the stingers on it’s back are very dangerous but this one looks like it could bite too (>_<)
The Banded Sea Snakes are in mating season♡ The males are doing their best to keep catch one of the females!
Tomorrow is Ishigaki Marathon! Our diver from today will also run in it (≧▽≦) Cheering on everybody tomorrow!
Today we went for Fun Dives in Osaki area♪
The wind has lessened and the sea was calm as we departed(≧▽≦)
We found a Robust Ghost Pipefish swaying like a leaf in the shallow part (;^ω^)
A tiny Nudibranch with a big display of colors☆
A Stonefish had buried itself in the sand, it’s easy to miss when hiding this expertly(;´･ω･)
The White-ray Shrimp gobies were lively as always, they share their holes with other gobies so I wonder how they get along in their small shared space(;^ω^)
This week the temperature won’t change much so looking forward to calm diving☆