Today we went for three dives in Nagura bay(≧▽≦) Beautiful corals everywhere♪♪ and lots of small reef fishes living in them♪
The shrimp that live in the bubble coral is simply called bubble coral shrimp (;^ω^) The shrimp I got a picture of today was unusually large, I don’t think I’ve ever seen one this big☆☆
Of course, we also found lots of other fun critters to look at! Such as this cute pink flatworm♪♪ It was hard to take a picture of it because it was moving quickly☆
A reef shark was having a nap under a rock, but we only got to see its tail…
The wind will calm down for a couple of days now＼(^o^)／ We’ll depart from Kabira Bay again!
As the weather forecast said, we had so strong wind today((+_+))
The swell was also high in Osaki area, and sand was whirling up(/ω＼)
However, we went to a bit deeper diving point and there we had good visibility, no wave motion and great diving(≧▽≦) Today, we saw a giant cuttlefish♪♪ It’s still early in the season, but from now winter we’ll see more and more of them☆
We also saw a Tomato anemonefish♪ There are lots of them around(^ω^)
And this is a Golden Moray! We come across them in this area now and again every year♪
A banded sea-snake was also there, many people don’t like them(;^ω^) But I find them quite cute♪
Hiding♪♪ Many small fishes stay in between corals☆
It looks like wind will change direction tomorrow, but it’s also getting stronger(-_-メ)
Still looking forward to diving as always( *´艸｀)
Today we went out with three discover scuba divers to Osaki area☆
There were so many boats anchored in there(;^ω^)
But visibility was still very good, around 20m(≧▽≦) We swam round and round the corals underwater♪♪ Many healthy corals growing bigger and bigger☆
Unfortunately, one of our three divers couldn’t make the dive((+_+))
But we took pictures underwater with anemone fishes!
Tomorrow’s weather doesn’t look too good with strong winds… but underwater should be fine＼(^o^)／
Today we went out with two merry fun divers and one discover scuba diver to enjoy Ishigaki’s ocean(≧▽≦)
First-time divers are usually a bit nervous and today was no different, but as we got underwater she had lots of fun swimming around＼(^o^)／
Below, a teeny, tiny anemonefish baby☆
As they grow up, they are still very cute♪ But they also get some visible teeth (;^ω^)
There seem to be a lot of Robust ghost pipefish around this year, some staff from another shop must have made a leaf “nest” for them because there were lots of leafs in one patch(;^ω^)
The Moorish idol is a popular fish because of its shape and color☆ It also got a character in the film Finding Nemo♪♪
Tomorrow, I have some other things to take care of so a day off from the ocean!
Looking forward to doing more discover scuba dives on the day after(≧▽≦)
We did another day of diving in Osaki area♪♪ Today’s divers had been to Ishigaki about two and a half years ago and decided to come back for more fun(≧▽≦)
It’s been a long time since I saw the Black-ray shrimp goby and the White ray shrimp goby(2nd picture)☆
There are lots of them around this year(^ω^) Or maybe they are making nest in places that are easily found, either way, I’m happy to see them☆
At anthias reef, we enjoyed swimming around the corals and all the small reef fishes then, suddenly, a White-mouth moray poked its head out of a whole.
There are also lots of garden eels around this year, I’m happy because they are popular among divers and now there’s a better chance of seeing them＼(^o^)／
The finger corals are growing longer and longer, looking like a large ball♪♪
Our divers said they usually go diving once a year, thank you for coming with us this time!
Please, come see us more often☆ Next time I hope we can show you the Manta rays(”ω”)ノ