Colorful Corals

The wind blew gently over Ishigaki island today. The water temperature is down but it doesn’t feel too cold when the sun is shining(≧▽≦) We went out for fun dives in Osaki and Nagura today☆ The corals were very pretty(*^▽^*)

We went looking for the Sea turtles but they weren’t many around today(/ω\) We just got a quick look at this one taking off ~ww

This big nudibranch has been hanging around the same spot for some time♪It’s big so pretty easy to spot(;^ω^)

A whip coral shrimp♪

The wind will change to the south again tomorrow(`・ω・´) Looking forward to a bit warmer weather♪♪

Fun dives in Osaki

The forecast was for north wind this morning but we woke up to a sunny Ishigaki(≧▽≦) However, as we departed from the beach the north wind came in strong and cold(;´・ω・) We still went for three dives in Osaki area☆ There, we met this green sea turtle who was very sound asleep(;・∀・)

This one is the biggest turtle in Osaki right now☆ A magnificent individual(`・ω・´)

Lately, we have started to see the giant cuttlefishes more frequently♪♪ It’s still not the mating season, I hope we will get to see many more!

A little pipefish with bright red eyes♪

A stonefish was well hidden in the sand, only the eyes and month vere sticking up(;・∀・)

A little frost nudibranch♡

We can see many of this type of nudibranch in Osaki right now☆

This fish looked like it was making an angry face as it hid underneath the rock but, actually, it was getting its mouth and body cleaned by small shrimps☆

We saw lots of small shrimps, below, an arrow cleaner shrimp♪♪

A teeny tiny anemone partner shrimp♪ It was floating around an anemone♪

The wind blew strong and cold today but from tomorrow it will calm down again☆ I wonder if the temperature will go up too.

First Manta Ray this year

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^)

First dives in 2020

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^)

Tomorrow, we’re off for more fun dives!!

Strong wind and heavy rain, luckily everything is well under the surface

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☆