Tuesday, December 19, 2006
sea condition: calm vis: 15 -20 m
Guides: Bobby, Ron
Our apologies to everyone out there for such a long absence with no updates for Paradise Log. Hope all Paradise-Loggers out there are still loyal to Paradise Log and check for updates from time to time.
It is now considered a low season for us now here at Sipadan Water Village. Maybe it is now nearing to Christmas and New Year so many people are not taking holidays now so that they can take holiday during Christmas and New Year.
Eventhough there are not so many people here now, but we are kept busy around here preparing for the Christmas and New Year Party. For your information, we will be having performances for Christmas Eve by the staff here at Sipadan Water Village and countdown after the performances and for New Year's celebration we will be having games with all people who come here to celebrate New Year with us here and we will have Costume Party on that night!!! So for all of you who have booked to celebrate New Year with us here, remember to bring along your costumes!!! If you don't have one yet, it's time for you to go and get a costume for yourelf now before you come!!
Well, for today's log, 2 boats went to Sipadan today. They saw a leopard shark, a school of barracudas going in circles forming the famous 'barracuda tornado', other than that, they also saw some big grey reefs and lots of jack fish with giant trevallies. And for macro, there was only one boat dived in Mabul today while the other boat went to Sipadan in the afternoon. For macro today, we saw black sail fin goby, squat lobsters, giant mantis shrimp, yellow shrimp goby and crab eye goby.
Sunday, December 10, 2006
sea condition: calm vis: 15 m
Guides: Jay, Ron, Allan, Lee
If anyone of you Paradise-Loggers out there are expecting to see hammerhead sharks again for this update of Paradise-Log, we're sorry to say that our luck was not as good as this Tuesday ( 5th Dec). But Sipadan has not been disappointing to us, we still have the school of barracudas and grey reefs.
Well, as for macro, Mabul has been very rewarding this last couple of days with pygmy seahorse, pygmy pipefish, flamboyant cuttlefish, jawfish with eggs and frogfish. But we still cant find back the harlequin shrimp that we found last week. Too bad!!!!
The pictures for today was provided by Songpol from Thailand. All of them are just awesome pictures!! To see more of his pictures you can go to his website www.nice12.net
Rayed shrimp goby
Gold-spec jawfish with eggs in the mouth
Thursday, December 07, 2006
sea condition: calm vis: 20m
Guide: Bobby, Ron, Jimmy
It's a crazy crazy day today for us here in SWV!!! Bobby's group saw a big school of hammerhead sharks in the morning at about 35m. Other than the school of hammerheads as the highlight of the day, the 2 groups who went to Sipadan in the morning also saw 3 leopard sharks, big school of barracudas, and others. And Jimmy's group saw a single hammerhead in the afternoon in Sipadan.
School of hammerheads!!! Picture by Igor Yanovych
So by now many people here (including the divemasters) are very much anticipating to go Sipadan to try out our luck to see the school of hammerheads! Fingers cross that we will see them again!!!
Sunday, December 03, 2006
sea condition: calm vis: 20m
Guides: Bobby, Jay, Lee
Happy birthday to you,
You were born in the zoo,
With monkeys and elephants,
And smell like one too!!!!
Happy Birthday Jimmy!!!!!!
Jimmy's birthday dinner with all divemasters and Yuki and Asako-san.
Crazy crazy day today!!!! It was one of the most evenful day today for our divers here at SWV today. This morning, Bobby's group saw a hammerhead and a manta ray during the first dive in Sipadan and in the second dive the same group saw a manta ray again and a devil ray!! Other than that, they also saw the school of barracudas. While Jay's group saw a school of bumphead parrotfish feeding in the first dive. To add to that, Lee's group saw a leopard shark during the third dive in Sipadan. Cool right??!!
Manta Ray. Picture by Asako
Manta ray. Picture by Noda Kazunori
Hammerhead shark. Picture by Neil Atterbury
For macros, today has been interesting as well with frogfish, pymgy, pink squat lobster, baby clown sweetlips and gobies. But that's not all, the most interesting find today for macro are a pair of harlequin shrimp and a blue ring octopus!!!! Unbelievable!!! It's like the gems of both the macro and the big stuff are all here today!!!
Harlequin shrimp. Picture by Noda Kazunori
Harlequin shrimp. Picture by Noda Kazunori
Friday, December 01, 2006
sea condition: calm vis: 15 m
Guides: Lee, Bobby, Ron
On today, our divers were being entertained by the usual marine creatures that anyone can expect from the diving in Sipadan, Mabul and Kapalai islands. Among others, turtles, barracudas, lots of different types of gobies, and shrimps, pygmy seahorse, nudibranches frogfish.
The weather has been very hot this last few days making everyone here can't wait to get in the water as soon as possible to enjoy the cool of the water and to look at the many types of marine creatures in the water! Which is a good thing, because that means we will have more pictures from our divers to be posted here on Paradise-Log for all Paradise Loggers out there to view. No matter where you are now.
So here are some of the great pictures taken by our divers from the last 2 days to be shared to all Paradise-Loggers out there. Hope you all enjoy!
Pink eye gobies. Picture by Akitaya Nobuhiro
Periclemenes tenuipes. Picture by Akitaya Nobuhiro
Many host goby. Picture by Akitaya Nobuhiro
Black sail fin goby with commensal snapping shrimp. Picture by Polpat Vongmasa
Green turtle. Picture by Polpat Vongmasa
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
sea condition: calm vis : 10 - 15 m
Guides: Jimmy, Ron, Lee, Nina
Sipadan was absolutely awesome today! There were 3 groups of us who went diving in Sipadan and all of us saw the big school of barracudas, leopard shark and a big grey reef shark. The roaring current this morning at Barracuda Point provides such an adrenaline rush to the excitement to seeing all these great fish!!!
There were no new exciting macro that we found today, just the existing macro stuff like ribbon eels, giant mantis shrimp, gobies, hairy squat lobsters, ghost pipe fish and nudis.
Here are some of the pictures for today's Paradise Log.
School of Barracudas. Picture by Yukie Tanaka
Pair of many host goby. Picture by Ishida Mami
Imperial shrimp on sea cucumber. Picture by Ishida Mami
Leopard blenny. Picture by Polpat Vongmasa
Lubricogobius exiguus. Picture by Ishida Mami
Group members from Mikomoto Hammers' Dive Shop (at SWV from 24th November to 27th November)
Saturday, November 25, 2006
sea condition: calm vis: 10- 20 m
Guides: Jimmy, Jay, Bobby, Lee
Another day of diving, another day of excitement here! Sipadan has been keeping up with its name with its rich and diverse marine life for us to see. In the morning, there were a big school of barracudas with grey reef sharks, white tips, turtles, purple fire goby, pink leaf fish, jacks and giant trevallies, dancing gobies, big napoleon wrasse and schools of batfish, black snapper and unicorn fish.
Macro has been exciting as well today. We managed to see flamboyant cuttlefish, black ray shrimp goby, ring-eyed jawfish, flabellina nudibranch, black sail fin goby, hairy squat lobsters, giant mantis shrimp, blue ribbon eels, pygmy seahorse, soft coral crab, whip coral shrimp and many ornate ghostpipefish.
Sorry for those who expect to see more pictures today cause we were not able to get pictures to be posted here for this entry. Hopefully we are able to get more nice pictures for all Paradise- Loggers out there.
Thursday, November 23, 2006
sea condition: a bit choppy vis: 10 m
Guides: Nina, Jay, Lee, Bobby, Ron, Allan
The sea condition is a bit choppy today and it affects the visibility underwater. The visibility was about 10m on this day.
On this day we saw school of barracudas, leopard shark, bumphead parrotfish, jack fish, turtles and sharks. It has been kind of hard to see the school of barracudas in the past week. May be due to the currents and the tide condition for the past week. Seems like the currents are just not as what it normally used to be in Barracuda Points. But all that seems to be changing back to its normal trend again for this last 2 days. Hopefully the school of barracudas can be back often for us to see them. Everybody just loves to see them! Especially when they perform their well beloved 'tornado' performance.
Below are some of the pictures that we managed to get for all Paradise-Loggers out there.
A close shot of barracuda school by Bruno Detti and Lucci Allesandro
School of barracuda with Clarence's buddy, Suet Ling
Silhoutte of barracudas, image by Muto Koji
Leopard shark resting by Asanome Yuka
School of bumphead parrotfish / buffalo fish by Asanome Yuka
Gold-spec jawfish. Image by Asanome Yuka
Monday, November 20, 2006
}xP Don't get too excited yet!!! Hahahaha!!!
Thecacera picta - white color variation. Picture by Sophia Chan
Chromodoris annae. Image by Geri Murphy
Chromodoris tritos - Image by Lee Tiow Aun
Flabellina exoptata. Image by Sophia Chan
Nudibranch are sea slugs (soft-bodied snails) which does not have any shells in their adult form. The word "nudibranch" comes from Latin nudus meaning "naked" and Greek brankhia meaning gills. Most of them have externally retractable or contractible gills located around the back of the nudibranch. Some of them have their gills located around the sides of their body (example flabellinidae family).The head generally have two contractible rhinophores (used to detect odors) at the front of the animal.
Chromodoris magnifica, with its gills at the back portion of the nudibranch. Image by Nina Ho
Picture showing the rhinophores of a nudibracnh. Picture: Thecacera picta (yellow color variation). Has been dubbed 'Pikachu' after the famous Japanese animation character 'Pocket Monsters' - image by Lee Tiow Aun
Flabellina type of nudibranch are examples of nudibranch that have gills positioned on the sides of their body. Image by Y. Keiko
Nudibranch are hermaphrodites, they maintain both male and female sex organs with reproductive pores which is generally positioned on the right side of their necks. They will start to have contacts by either body touch or rhinophores contacts when they recognise another nudibranch that is from the same species and some courting will take place before they mate.
Mating pair of nembrotha lineolata. The sex organ is located on the right neck of the nudibranch. Image by Lee Tiow Aun
Hypselodoris apolegma, laying eggs. Image by Sophia Chan
The choice of food for nudibranches are very varied, ranging from sponges, hydroids, tunicates, crustaceans to even members of their own species. This maybe because some of them have very strict preference of food, only eating certain species of prey.
Pikachu nudibranch with their favorite food. Image by Lee Tiow Aun
Nembrotha lineolata feeding. Image by Lee Tiow Aun
Because of the lack of external shells on nudibranches, they have evolved some very interesting ways to defend themselves from predators. Some of them warn off their predators by their brightly colored body that indicates 'bad taste', some of them secrete chemicals to fend off predators, some of them mimic their food host so that their predators can't see them hidden among their food and there are even some that can simply swim away when they sensed danger (example spanish dancer).
The brightly colored and hard bodied notodoris minor that renders itself inedible by prey fish. Image by Nina Ho
Spanish dancer, one of the few types of nudibranch that can swim away from its predators. Image by Nina
Okenia nakamotoensis - fending off predators by its bright red color (Red means stop on traffic light while red in the world of nudibranch means "Stop!!! Don't eat me!!!". Image by Sophia Chan
Even with all these advanced adaptations to defend themselves, some fishes have developed the knowledge on how these nudibranches defend themselves and thus has developed some methods which the fish can eat some of the nudibranch. For example, some pufferfish and wrasses have developed a method to eat nudibranch by sucking them in and spitting them out very quickly several times to reduce the strenght of the chemical discharge each time the nudibranch is sucked in. They are such masters of self-defense even some other animals also try to mimic the appearance of nudibranch.Flamboyant cuttlefish has been suggested by some people to mimic the appearance and behaviour of nudibranches. Interesting isn't it!!
"Don't eat me......look at me, I'm so cute!!!" Thecacera picta - Image by Sophia Chan
That's it for this entry guys, hope you guys liked what we have got to share with you all Paradise-Loggers out there!!
Friday, November 10, 2006
sea condition: calm vis: 10 - 15 m
Guides: Nina, Bobby, Lee, Ron, Sophia, Jay
The resort now is buzzing with divers again, this time with divers from Japan. Konichiwa!!!
Sipadan has been busy as well with their usual fishes there to welcome us whenever we dive there, barracudas, jacks, white tip sharks, turtle, bumphead parrotfish, snappers, etc. But leopard sharks and rays has not been seen lately. It was about this time last year when we start to see lots of devil rays in Sipadan. Hopefully this year the rays will come back to Sipadan like last year!
Macro has been good for the last few days as well. With flamboyant cuttlefish, ornate ghost pipefish, robust ghost pipefish, baby painted frogfish, giant frogfish, ray shrimp goby, purple fire goby and also not forgetting those crabs and shrimps that can be found easily, you just have to know where to look and keep looking!
On today, there were 3 divers who did their "Memorial Dive" here with Sipadan Water Village. Below are their pictures with the dive center's banner made specially for divers who did their "Memorial Dive" here with us. The three lucky divers are Hayashi Hiroto, Yamanami Kazuko and Inoue Yukiko. Omedeto!! (Congratulations!!)
Hayashi Hiroto with his 50th dive at Sipadan Water Village
Yamanami Kazuko with her 100th dive with us
Inoue Yukiko with her 250th dive with us
Sunday, November 05, 2006
It has been a great time for everyone of us at Sipadan Water Village. See you next year!!!
Best of Show:
Best of show winner: Giant grouper, image by Larry Chan
SLR Wide Angle category:
1st place winner: Pygmy seahorse, image by Larry Chan
2nd place winner: Peacock mantis shrimp, image by John Lindsey
3rd place winner: John Lindsey Honorary Mention: Mushroom coral pipefish, image by Jack Gullison
Honorary mention: Honey comb moray, image by Jeff Mitchell
Other Wide Angle category:
1st place winner: Mary Alice (winning image unavailable)
3rd place winner: Flamboyant cuttlefish, image by Scott Graham
3rd place winner: Resort walkway, image by Ernest Manewal
Best behaviour category
Virgin Wide Angle:
1st place winner: Scorpion fish, image by Scott Johnson
2nd place winner: School of batfish, image by Scott Johnson
3rd place winner: Giant grouper, image by Joe Bottalico
Honorary mention: Puffer fish, image by Claire Schilling
Virgin Macro Category: 11st place winner: Giant frogfish, image by Scott Johnson 2nd place winner: Bubble coral shrimp, image by Joe Bottalico
3rd place winner