Diving in Nagura Bay

Ishigaki’s sky was blue and the ocean flat when we departed this morning(≧▽≦) But as we got to the dive point the rain started to pour down(;´・ω・) However, there was luckily not much wind♪♪ Once underwater, everything was calm and clear♪
Below, a Batfish☆

The corals in Nagura bay are really spectacular( ̄▽ ̄) Lately, they have been growing up healthily☆

A small Crocodile fish sitting on a rock♪

A Lionfish spreading its find wide☆

Two Banded seasnakes were trying to get into the same hole(;^ω^)

We also saw the Giant cuttlefishes again☆ First, I couldn’t find them at all(/ω\) But on the way back ,five cuttlefishes were hovered in their usual area(/・ω・)/ I wonder where they were earlier…

A female laying eggs with a big male nearby making sure nobody else came close(; ・`д・´)

Many small critters were also out and about♪♪ Below, a bubble coral shrimp☆

A whip coral shrimp♪ For some reason all the shrimps today only had one claw(;・∀・)

We saw several Nudibranches\(^o^)/

Looking forward to diving in Ishigaki again tomorrow♪

Turtles and Cuttlefishes in Ishigaki today☆

East wind today in Ishigaki island♪ There was a lot of rain this morning but it cleared up quickly(≧▽≦)
We went for dives in Osaki, on top of the corals a Green turtle was resting♪♪

We also saw Giant cuttlefishes laying eggs(^O^)

This little Nudibranch was floating in the middle of nowhere(;´・ω・)

We also found a Pipehorse♪♪

And this expertly camouflaged Scorpionfish☆

A squat shrimp☆

I wonder where the wind will turn tomorrow♪

Lots of Giant Cuttlefishes Today Again☆

Strong winds and rain pouring down over Ishigaki island this morning((+_+)) However, the diving was spectacular (≧▽≦)
In both Osaki and Nagura we saw Giant cuttlefishes☆ Four of them in Osaki! Some of them laying eggs☆
The picture below was taken in Nagura☆A male was guarding while the female laid her eggs(;・∀・)

Even as the egg laying was over, the male was still very tense(;^ω^) It tried to scary us♪♪

In Osaki we saw three Green turtles resting♪ A small one hid under a rock, but this big turtle was posing right out in the open(^O^)

The Pipehorses are still on the sandy bottom this year too♪ The small ones are the cutest(*^▽^*)

A big Sole☆ We can find them quite often, this one didn’t move at all(;^ω^)

A fierce looking Mantis shrimp♪ The vivid colors really stand out(≧▽≦)

A Banded sea-snake having a break, when they are resting their eyes turn white(´・ω・?) I wonder why…

The wind and rain was strong at the surface, but we could count on the reefs to be peaceful as always☆

Tomorrow, the weather should be a bit calmer. Looking forward to another day of diving☆

The Great Dance of the Giant Cuttlefishes

Today the wind was a gentle east in Ishigaki island(≧▽≦) The sun was out and it felt unusually warm for the season♪♪
We went for dives in Osaki and Nagura area. In Nagura area, there was a big gathering of Giant cuttlefishes♪♪ It’s egg-laying season! The males fight fiercely over the females♪ There was so much action it was hard to know where to look(;・∀・)

Here is a cuttlefish laying its eggs inside the coral(^O^)

A very large male did his best to scare away the competition(;・∀・)

The turtles on the other hand were having their usual siesta☆ This turtle opened one eye halfway as I approached, it looked like we were disturbing(;^ω^)

Our guests were enthusiastic about getting a picture with the turtle☆ However, the turtle tried to hide even more behind the rock. We left soon and let it get back go sleep(´-ω-`)

The shallow corals look so beautiful when the light falls on \(^o^)/

The Ocean Was Much Calmer than Expected

The weather forecast predicted strong north wind for today, however, it turned out to be another calm sunny day in Ishigaki island(≧▽≦)
Today we went diving with C. from Sweden♪♪
Below, a school of Sea goldies♪♪ There is always so many fishes here

The Branch corals in Nagura bay are looking healthy♪ I hope they continue to stay this way(`・ω・´)

This Dragon shrimp was pretty big♪ It might be one of the coolest looking shrimps around(*^▽^*)

This shrimp had its belly full of eggs(≧▽≦) This cleaner shrimp is quite beautiful and I hope to see a lot more of them soon☆☆

The Anemone partner shrimps were still hanging out in the same anemone☆

We also saw a big gathering on Brown banded pipefishes! There are only four of them in this picture but another five of them were just nearby, must be mating season(*’ω’*)

Nudibranches♪

Tomorrow we’ll have another day of fun dives☆ I wonder what kind of animals we will find on the reefs\(^o^)/