Blank sea, great day to go diving

Mornings and evenings are still cold in Ishigaki but it quickly gets warm when the sun is up (≧∀≦) Flat sea today again♪

Yonehara coral garden☆ There is nothing that soothe the heart quite like an ocean stroll・:*+.\(( °ω° ))/.:+

A short drive away the corals looks very different♪

A green sea turtle with a big tail (*^▽^*)

This nudibranch moves a lot quicker than you would expectσ(^_^;) In a blink it moves away, but luckily it moves a lot which makes it easy to spot.

North winds again tomorrow・・・( ̄◇ ̄;) I hope it won’t get too cold

Manta rays on today’s dive

The wind blows from the south over Ishigaki island (≧∀≦) We went out for fun dives♪A calm day on the ocean☆ We could even go to Manta point! And we saw manta rays*・゜゚・*:.。..。.:*・'(*゚▽゚*)’・*:.。. .。.:*・゜゚・* One of them was very big♡

The corals at this dive point are growing steadily☆ Year by year, they build a beautiful underwater garden.

A green sea turtle was relaxing on a bed of soft corals(*^▽^*)

The ocean will be calm tomorrow again! Looking forward to diving at Yonehara, it’s been a long time since I went there.

However, looks like the wind will turn to north again on the day after so I have to drive the boat back to Sakieda again σ(^_^;)

Diving with lots of giant cuttlefish

The wind around Ishigaki island has picked up compared to yesterdayΣ(‘◉⌓◉’) Today, the sun was shining and I thought it was fairly warm but our guest got very cold! (><) We saw five giant cuttlefish. It’s still early in the season and they haven’t started laying eggs yet so they are still shy around divers. I hope we can see lots of them this year.

An ornate pipefish♫ Finding creatures like this is the best part of diving(*^▽^*)

A vivid blue frost nudibranch ☆

A tiny anemone shrip. I found it in a big thriving anemone so I hope it will grow up and become much bigger♪

An electric clam blinked back as I shone the flashlight onto it. I wonder why they do that. Is there something else besides divers’ lights that shine on them down under? σ(^_^;)

Corals in Osaki☆ Like a big forest, but under the ocean (≧∀≦)

As I write this I can already hear the north wind howling again Σ(‘◉⌓◉’) It will get cold tonight! Take care everyone, I hope we will get more sun again soon ^^

Arrival dives in the afternoon

Sunny sky over Ishigaki today・:*+.\(( °ω° ))/.:+ Our guests arrived at the airport around noon and couldn’t wait to get in the water♪

It’s been a while since I dove at this dive site in Nagura☆ We saw a school of batfish! I hope this school will continue to grow.

A juvenile clown triggerfish♫ They keep their colorful and whimsical pattern even as they get older(*^▽^*)

A clown anemonefish in hiding♡

Big coral garden! So many small fish living here ☆*:.。. o(≧▽≦)o .。.:*☆

We also saw this big crocodile fish☆

Tomorrow, we’re off diving in the morning♪The weather forecast looks great so looking forward to more fun dives!

It’s calm underwater

Strong cold north winds blow over Ishigaki island ((((;゚Д゚)))))))
There has been many cold days this season, I hope the water temperature will stay above 20℃! We went for fun dives in Osaki, but it was tough with the cold, high waves and seasickness. At least the visibility was good and underwater beautiful♪

We met the green sea turtles・:*+.\(( °ω° ))/.:+ This one had squeezed itself under a rock to keep stable from the wave motion σ(^_^;)

Shallow finger corals, no giant cuttlefishes today but lots of other small fishes were swimming in and out♫

A Lionfish cruising on top of the corals☆

A leafy scorpionfish who has really found its place in the world♪Thank you for always sitting here around the same rock (*^▽^*)

A big little frost nudibranch♡ Making its way across the sand, we can see this kind often!

Tomorrow will be a bit warmer again, but the cold season is still far from over σ(^_^;)