This year’s first really cold day in Ishigaki island(ﾟДﾟ;) Luckily, there was less wind today, a big improvement since yesterday! (;^ω^) We went for fun dives in Ishigaki’s Osaki and Nagura area☆ The giant cuttlefish have started gathering(≧▽≦) There were eight of them there today! Some of them were really huge♪
This one below is laying her eggs inside the coral♪
I found the giant nudibranch again(^O^) It is about as big as my hand, I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a big individual!
We also found a frost nudibranch♪It really looks like it’s sparkling☆
A ribbon eel poked its head out from the sand☆ But it was quite shy and hid quickly(;・∀・)
A bubble coral shrimp in its bubble coral(≧▽≦)
An anemone shrimp♪♪ We can find it at many dive sites around Ishigaki♪
The corals in Nagura bay are really spectacular♡
From tomorrow we’re going on our winter vacation! We’ll rest, have fun and come back with lots of fresh energy ^_^
The south wind brought warm weather to Ishigaki island until this morning when it suddenly turned to a cold north (;´･ω･) It was a bit rough so we headed to Osaki area♪ No swell and visibility was good!(≧▽≦)
We saw a lot of green sea turtles☆ There were many I hadn’t seen before♪
A ball of snakes slithered around each other above the sandy bottom… mating? (;・∀・)
Anemone partner shrimp ☆
This pipefish was friendly and didn’t move at all♪
A flounder trying to hide in the sand(^O^)
A tiny sooth nudibranch, they are faster than they look(;・∀・)
A flatworm tried to cross the sandy bottom but it had a hard time tumbling around in the current(>_<)
The temperature suddenly went down a lot! Ishigaki island feels cold again, I hope it won’t be for too long.
A south wind is blowing over Ishigaki island(≧▽≦) We went diving at Yonehara, Yamabare and Manta point☆ A manta was circling round and round the cleaning station♪
The manta was swimming close-by over me when it suddenly puked!!!(;・∀・) It was mostly a bunch of leaves, I wonder where and why it ate all of them. As the puke floated down around me, I also noticed small pieces of ropes in it which made me feel sad(;´･ω･)
We also saw lots of other critters(≧▽≦) Like this young green sea turtle, there was a total of three young turtles♪
It’s been a long time since I’ve seen a pipehorse♡ Three of them were attached to a bunch of twigs and weeds at the bottom. Can you spot the second one in the background?
A blue-spotted stingray hid in the sand☆
The corals were also looking well～ｖ(￣▽￣)ｖ
The south wind and warm weather will continue tomorrow☆
A gentle east wind blew over Ishigaki island today(≧▽≦) We went out for fun dives with our repeater guest from the last two days and a couple fron New Zealand☆ We departed from Kabira and did three dives, first in Yonehara and then Manta scramble and Manta city! Sadly, the manta rays weren’t around at all today((+_+)) At least the corals and landscape was nice～(;^ω^)
Three sea turtles were resting on top of a coral bommie☆ Around this time of the year we don’t get many divers here so they can rest and relax(^O^)
A big scorpionfish♪
And a tiny one!
A honeycomb moray poked its head out from the rocks☆
Small whip coral shrimps climbing a whip coral♪
Tomorrow’s supposed to be a bit rainy in Ishigaki island again(;・∀・)