Today we went diving with a group from Singapore♪♪
We went for two dives in Osaki and Nagura area☆ The day was warm and sunny, but the water was cold as always around this season (;・∀・)
On the first dive we found an Ornate pipefish, last time I went there were two adult ones but they couldn’t be found today. When the Ornate pipefish are young, it looks like they have tiny wings coming out from the middle of their body(≧▽≦)
In Nagura area, the corals were looking really healthy and beautiful! A magic feeling as we slowly swam over them (≧▽≦)
Many of the blue corals that were damaged during the bleaching event have gotten the color back as they heal with the cooler temperatures☆
On the edge of a rock a Brown Banded Pipefish was moving around busily♪ We see them quite often but it’s always a pleasure to meet them(*^▽^*)
Ishigaki’s winter has only just begun and I’m looking forward to all the special things we can see around this season.
Happy New Year!
Our first divers this year, our first Open Water Course this year(≧▽≦)
The weather was nice and sunny, a bit cold but otherwise excellent condtions♪♪
Bit nervous before the first back-roll entry(・∀・)
After struggling a bit with equalizing we practiced lots of skills before enjoying swimming around☆☆
We took selfie with Tomato anemonefishes (≧▽≦)
Compass navigation♪ Straight arm and good angle☆☆
On the last day of diving, they swam skillfully over the beautiful coral reefs＼(^o^)／
I hope they will continue diving and learning a lot more from now on☆
This shell live inside corals. It doesn’t look very special at first glance, but the colors are stunning close-up☆
A clownfish dashing in and out of an anemone♪ Another year with lots of new fun encounters to come(≧▽≦)
We departed from Kabira today and went diving in Yonehara where we haven’t dived in a long time☆
The beautiful reef and looked as healthy as always(≧▽≦) The corals in Osaki are also good looking, but this reef in Yonehara is special.
For second dive, we drove around the cape to Osaki and dove at the lively reef there＼(^o^)／
We couldn’t go to Manta point because the swell was too big, but we saw a big Cuttlefish, met a napping Turtle and had a fun time diving (≧▽≦)
The Squat shrimp can be found in many places♪♪ You should see how it shakes its little tail☆
On the sandy bottom, a Stonefish had buried into the sand, when it founds a target it dashes out with great speed!
Soon, a new year begins(^O^) I will spend the first days of it diving (・∀・)
We started our rescue course two days ago, today was the final day☆☆
In the open water session we went through many different scenarios♪
Below, search-pattern practice with compass☆
My student saved me many times during our training scenarios(≧▽≦)
Between the practice, we also saw many different fishes, like these Batfish♪
Also, the poisonous Leafy scorpionfish and Lionfish.
We also saw squat shrimps and many healthy corals♪♪♪ I almost forgot about the course because there was so much to see(;^ω^)
After two days of hard study and busy open water session, rescue course completed＼(^o^)／
Congratulations☆☆ Let’s enjoy fun diving together tomorrow(^O^)
We are in the middle of December and winter is steadily coming to Ishigaki island☆
Today we went to Osaki and Nagura area for 3 fun dives♪♪ Both areas have slightly different corals, both equally beautiful(≧▽≦)
Now, it’s time for the corals that survived the summer heat to heal and recover☆
We saw so many Garden eels on the first dive. Slowly, slowly we approached them with our cameras♪
A neon red Tomato anemonefish(*^▽^*)
A Banded sea snake also showed up to get his portrait☆
I wanted to get a picture of it with the tongue out… but it’s so hard(;・∀・)
A Bubble coral shrimp was hiding, as usual, in a Bubble coral.
We also saw many different kinds of Nudibranches♪♪ I think the big one on top must have been munched on by fishes, I wonder if it can heal (;´･ω･)
Today, we found lots of different marine life. It was a fun day for both us and our divers☆☆