The manta… puked?!

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?

尻尾をフリフリ♪いつ見てもかわいいですねぇ♪イソギンチャクモエビです!!

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☆

Yonehara fun dives

The wind blew more from south than I expected and we could go diving at Ishigaki island’s Yonehara and Manta point today again(≧▽≦)
Below, corals♪lovely corals♪♪

A clown anemonefish♪

Unfortunately, the manta rays didn’t show up today either. But a sea turtle was sleeping soundly with a big remora on its back(;^ω^)

Today, we met a white-mouth moray eel♪ When it opens its mouth the inside is so white! You almost cannot see all the teeth (;・∀・)

An anemone partner shrimp, there were so many of them on this little coral ♡

Nudibranch♪♪♪

Yes, we know that Christmas was just a little over a month ago. But we couldn’t resist these cute Christmas tree worms(≧▽≦)

From tomorrow a north wind will blow over Ishigaki Island again, I hope it won’t be too cold(;´・ω・)

Fun dives in Kabira, Ishigaki

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(;・∀・)

The warm weather ends today?!

Despite the sky being cloudy and the occasional rain shower, Ishigaki island was still warm today (≧▽≦) The swell had gone up since yesterday but we could still depart from Kabira bay☆ Sadly, the manta rays didn’t show up at the second dive~~~(/ω\) But we still had a good time diving♪ Below is the always lively coral garden of Yonehara☆

A dwarf hawkfish. It’s not as popular as its rarer long-nosed cousin(;´・ω・) There are quite a lot of them on the reef and you can often see them sitting on a rock or coral♡

A whip-coral shrimp♪

This nudibranch didn’t move at all (;・∀・)

A tiny flatworm, this one had very quick… skirts?(;^ω^)

From tomorrow it will get colder again, winter is coming!

Circling manta on today’s dive

Flat ocean in Ishigaki island today(≧▽≦)

First, we went diving at Yonehara coral garden☆ After that we departed for manta point☆ It’s in the middle of winter but we’ve been seeing them often lately\(^o^)/

A manta was circling round and round the north cleaning station at manta scramble(≧▽≦)

When we swam back, I noticed that another manta was circling the main cleaning station too(;・∀・)
In Yonehara, we swam over the corals♪

And also explored some tunnels(*^▽^*)

We saw many different kinds of marine animals♪♪ Below, a lionfish♪

A banded sea snake was having a nap on the ocean floor. When they sleep, their eyes turn white☆

A brown-banded pipefish dashed across a rock♪

A school of anemone partner shrimps had gathered in the same spot\(^o^)/

This week the wind around Ishigaki island has been very calm and the temperature warm, but looks like winter will come back next week~(゚Д゚;)