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#1 liquidguru

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Posted 14 August 2011 - 08:38 PM

Well my last post has apparently got too big, so I'll just do little monthly ones from now on.

We'll start with a wonderful find, the incredibly elusive Hairy Octopus. These are another very small little octopus and this was the first one I have seen. They are probably the rarest critter we get in Lembeh. I really thought I would never be lucky enough to see one, then.. boom!!.. out of the blue (or muck I suppose I should say), we found one yesterday.

It was very thrilling to see this little guy move around and just to marvel at his hairy appearance :)

[vimeohd]27702349[/vimeohd]

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Posted 15 August 2011 - 03:46 AM

No wonder it's taken you some time to find.....he's tiny and so well camouflaged!!

Thanks for sharing as always and hope all is going well at KBR,

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Posted 17 August 2011 - 03:11 AM

No wonder it's taken you some time to find.....he's tiny and so well camouflaged!!

Thanks for sharing as always and hope all is going well at KBR,

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Hi Jo,

Everything is great here, thanks. The diving has been fantastic. We saw the complete set last week - Hairy Octopus, Blue Ring, Mototi, Mimic, Wonderpus, Day, Long Arm and Coconut Octopuses..really fab, plus all the other general amazing critters.

Hope you are getting out diving as much as possible :)

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Posted 17 August 2011 - 03:50 AM

That really is a fantastic find. Congrats.
Thanks for continuing to post from Lembeh, my wife and I have been twice and will be back someday. Your Videos keep the dream alive for me.

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Posted 17 August 2011 - 05:14 AM

Lovely!

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Posted 17 August 2011 - 08:53 AM

I was in Lembeh for about 17 days of diving in May-June... This, the blue ring and Rhinopias were on the top of the list...never found them (not to say I didn't see some fantastic stuff though!).

I gotta get there in August-September...

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Posted 17 August 2011 - 11:34 AM

Thanks Kaj. :) That's my 3rd fave cephalopod!

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Posted 17 August 2011 - 02:11 PM

Thanks Kaj. :) That's my 3rd fave cephalopod!


Come on then Drew what's your 1st and 2nd?

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Posted 18 August 2011 - 01:50 AM

Come on then Drew what's your 1st and 2nd?

Great find



Maybe we need a poll? What do we think are Drew's top two cephalopods?

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Posted 18 August 2011 - 05:46 AM

His favorite would be the Chambered Nautilus with the Cuttle Fish coming in a close second.

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Posted 18 August 2011 - 08:43 AM

Been to Lembeh 4 times and still don't have the blue ring octo. Got a few rhinopeaus on the last trip there. I've never seen or even heard of a hairy octo before. Is it a new species? I remember when the mimic and wonderpus was first discovered and have lots of footage of them as well as the hairy frogfish, but a hairy octo and a baby one at that, WOW!
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Posted 18 August 2011 - 02:21 PM

Been to Lembeh 4 times and still don't have the blue ring octo. Got a few rhinopeaus on the last trip there. I've never seen or even heard of a hairy octo before. Is it a new species? I remember when the mimic and wonderpus was first discovered and have lots of footage of them as well as the hairy frogfish, but a hairy octo and a baby one at that, WOW!
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I don't think much is known about the Hairy Octo, but this one is an adult!!

If you want to see Blue Rings in Lembeh, then end Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec is the time to come, as this is when they mate and you are almost guaranteed to see one.

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Posted 22 August 2011 - 03:55 AM

Having had such a great find last week, I was not sure what this week would be like.....but, as usual, Lembeh delivered!!

We found, on our House Reef, this incredibly rare sighting of a juvenile transparent Moray Eel of some sort. I had never seen one, Liberty (my most experienced Dive Guide) had never seen one in over 15 years of diving here....

It was very difficult to film, as it is transparent, small and moving!! I manged to get it curled up and undulating. It was amazing to watch and I didn't want to leave it...this one was about 30cm long.

[vimeohd]27967669[/vimeohd]

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I've posted a few pictures in the Critter ID section. If anyone knows more about this eel, please let me know.

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Posted 22 August 2011 - 01:18 PM

Gee that's pretty neat, great stuff.
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Posted 22 August 2011 - 01:28 PM

nicely done.

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Posted 29 August 2011 - 04:26 AM

Bobbit Worms are a very strange nocturnal predatory worm. They have most of their bodies buried in the sand, with just their frightening looking pincers showing.

I was patiently filming a couple that were close together and my waiting paid off...

..the first Bobbit Worm attacks and eats a foolish Scorpionfish that wandered in too close...

...the second went for a Long Arm Octopus that got too close....I was quite upset, as I love octopuses, but luckily the plucky little octopus was too tough for the Bobbit Worm and escaped after a few seconds..

[vimeohd]28280553[/vimeohd]

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Edited by liquidguru, 29 August 2011 - 04:41 AM.

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Posted 29 August 2011 - 05:39 AM

Bobbit Worms are a very strange nocturnal predatory worm. They have most of their bodies buried in the sand, with just their frightening looking pincers showing.

I was patiently filming a couple that were close together and my waiting paid off...

..the first Bobbit Worm attacks and eats a foolish Scorpionfish that wandered in too close...

...the second went for a Long Arm Octopus that got too close....I was quite upset, as I love octopuses, but luckily the plucky little octopus was too tough for the Bobbit Worm and escaped after a few seconds..

[vimeohd]28280553[/vimeohd]

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hi kaj
still not able to close my mouth.....great stuff
still on the wait to bring my family over to lembeh...
my last visit was two years ago already...
cheers,claus

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Posted 29 August 2011 - 05:44 AM

As always... awesome video!

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Posted 29 August 2011 - 11:45 PM

Holy crap :B): :dance: :dance: :good: That is unbeleivable.....

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Posted 30 August 2011 - 01:52 AM

Wow, awesome footage of the bobbit worm in action. I saw a bobbit worm eating a fish on 2 occasions on a recent trip to Anilao. Incredible stuff but it happened too fast for me to catch on camera.

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