Clear sky! Ishigaki fun dives

Clear sky over Ishigaki island(≧▽≦) Today, we went diving in Osaki and Nagura area with our guest from yesterday♪
The corals in Nagura are SO beautiful, I will never get tired of diving here(*´▽`*)

A school of small fishes.

This brown-banded pipefish approached us slowly… usually, they are quite shy so I wonder why (;・∀・)

A Durban dancing shrimp was swaying about☆

A big anemone shrimp.

We also found this tiny cute nudibranch♪ It’s small but the feelers are big ~(≧▽≦)

We’ll go out for more fun dives tomorrow again♪Looking forward to it!

Dance of the giant cuttlefishes

Clear sky over Ishigaki island today☆ We went for fun dives in Osaki area♪
Sooo many giant cuttlefishes!! (≧▽≦) Lots of courting and different dramas going on!

Below, a female laying eggs inside the coral♪♪ Once they find a place they like, they will lay many eggs around the same area☆

Close by another male was changing colors and trying to look threatening♪

We also found this big turtle sleeping♡

A flatworm hanging between the rocks… looking very strange(;´・ω・)

Tiny nudibranch moving over the sand♪♪

I feel like I’ve seen the same frost nudibranch around this area several times, maybe I’m imagining it(;・∀・)

A long pipefish☆

We’ll continue the fun dives tomorrow with our guest from today♪♪ Looking forward to some deep dives☆

Boat maintenance finished, time for fun dives!

A strong north wind is blowing over Ishigaki island and it’s gotten cold again(>_<) Still had a fun time diving in Osaki area☆
Sadly, our guest had problems equalizing and could only do one dive. Luckily we had good visibility and lots of marine life on our first try(≧▽≦) Just look at this super cute white Nudibranch!♡ I think it was my first time seeing this species.

We see the nudibranch below quite often, it’s quite big and stands out from the sand with bright colors♪

A big flatworm☆

This lionfish was hanging out close to an anemone♪I almost missed it(;^ω^)

A big banded sea snake was searching for something in the sand(゚Д゚;)

We by this stonefish too, usually, they are better hidden but this one was feeling lazy today I guess.

More fun dives tomorrow♪ The weather forecast looks better but it will continue to be chilly on Ishigaki island a few more days(>_<)

First dives after our winter holiday

The wind blew gently and the sea was calm around Ishigaki island today(≧▽≦) We’re just back after our winter holidays and full of energy! Sadly, both flights and travel plans have been canceled for many because of the coronavirus and the island is pretty quiet even for low season (>_<)
But today we went diving in Osaki and Nagura♪♪ Beautiful corals!

In Osaki, we met a green sea turtle that was so busy eating that it didn’t see us at all (;^ω^)

We also saw giant cuttlefishes\(^o^)/

This scorpionfish was hiding under a rock♪It was looking back at us with big eyes (*’ω’*)

We also saw some cute shrimps☆ Below, a squat shrimp.

And this is an anemone shrimp.

Also found some bubble coral shrimps☆

I hope the virus will get under control soon. This is too sad for so many people that get sick or have their travel plans destroyed (-_-メ)
For now, we’ll bring the boat up for regular maintenance next week and, with a bit of luck, the weather will be good!

Cold but Fun!

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 ^_^