“More” underwater creatures and Mandarin Fish

Leaf scorpion fish

We thought that after leaving Raja Ampat, the diving would not be up to our past experiences. Fortunately, reality proved very different.

Mandarin-Fish Web

In Banda Neira we dove the lava flow of the Gunung Api eruption from 1988. Despite the fact that the lava had destroyed most of the healthy existing coral, almost 30 years later it had completely recovered. Interestingly some species seem to grow better than others in the new environment. Giant sponges, the biggest we have seen so far, were all over the place.

We also went diving with a comercial operator to the island of Hatta. There is some great coral walls there, but no proper anchorage so for a change we dove with someone preparing all the gear for us and we even got a set of clean towels to dry ourselves after the dive!

Mandarin Fish by Noa

In Banda Neira there are some really beautiful fishes.

We went to snorkel under the jetty at the harbor. When we arrived, there were many kids swimming and we went to look for the mandarin fish.

After 35 minutes without seeing any, we decided to leave, but as usual Dad and Ainara stayed. In the water they were looking at some urchins spawning when Ainara saw a mandarin fish hiding behind the urchins. Everybody went back in the water

Mandarin Fish
Mandarin-Fish Web
We like to use our own pictures, but in this case we found this unsigned wallpaper picture on the web, that honors the beauty of this small tiny fish better than the one’s we took.

2 thoughts on ““More” underwater creatures and Mandarin Fish

  1. svbrightwater April 29, 2016 / 9:06 am

    Absolutely FANTASTIC! It’s amazing that the lava flow grew back so quickly.

    Too bad you didn’t get to see flowing lava underwater, but it’s probably a good thing you didn’t see any flowing lava underwater.

    I like your pictures of the Mandarin fish the best.

    Please tell Nils to cheer up.

    Love from Phil and Nancy

  2. dickweit May 9, 2016 / 8:22 am

    Glad to see that you are all still enjoying life and it looks like life is enjoying you, too. We are still looking forward to catching up with you when you get back home (if you ever get back home!).
    We leave Tuesday for 3-1/2 weeks in Italy. So we will be closer to your home than you are!
    It’s been very interesting to look at some of the earlier pictures of the kids and the most recent pictures. They are really growing up! And they are all so good looking!!
    Love to all of you;
    Dick & Brenda

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