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 ^_^

From south to north, the direction wind changed so quickly!

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.

The ocean is calm again around Ishigaki Island

Calm sea, blue sky, maybe a little bit cold but otherwise great conditions for diving in Ishigaki right now(≧▽≦)
We saw many different types of marine animals and coral species♪

Lots of blue corals too☆

On the sandy bottom, a white-ray shrimp gobies♪ The were struggling a bit with the current today(;・∀・)

A black-ray shrimp goby☆

A flounder, I’ve never seen them smile(;^ω^)

A pair of pipefishes♪

A nudibranch♡ Amazing pattern and colors on this one\(^o^)/

A big lionfish was hiding under a rock☆

A depressed spider crab was sitting on a red sea fan (≧▽≦)

The weather is looking good, maybe we can depart from Kabira tomorrow!

Dolphins!

January went by so quickly, and the end of the month was a bit cold. Thankfully, the wind has now calmed down and we could go diving under the sun (≧▽≦) As we departed I saw that my friend’s boat had stopped – to look at dolphins!\(゜ロ\)(/ロ゜)/ We didn’t get to swim with them but got this photo by putting the camera underwater♪♪

Fun dives in Osaki and Nagura area☆ Corals are looking well!☆

A huge nudibranch~(゚Д゚;) I don’t thin I’ve ever seen one this big before♪♪

A smaller nudibranch was also close by(;・∀・)

There was only one sea turtle on the reef today but it was very relaxed☆

A pipefish♪♪

A tiny Scorpionfish☆ It looked adorable as it shuffled along the bottom(*^▽^*)

The lionfishes often hide between the rocks but this one was out in the open(;^ω^)

From tomorrow the island should start warming up little by little again if you believe the weather forecast♪

Colorful Corals

The wind blew gently over Ishigaki island today. The water temperature is down but it doesn’t feel too cold when the sun is shining(≧▽≦) We went out for fun dives in Osaki and Nagura today☆ The corals were very pretty(*^▽^*)

We went looking for the Sea turtles but they weren’t many around today(/ω\) We just got a quick look at this one taking off ~ww

This big nudibranch has been hanging around the same spot for some time♪It’s big so pretty easy to spot(;^ω^)

A whip coral shrimp♪

The wind will change to the south again tomorrow(`・ω・´) Looking forward to a bit warmer weather♪♪