Toadfish (antennal). Lembeh, Sulawesi, Indonesia. July 2010.
Toadfish (antennal). Lembeh, Sulawesi, Indonesia. July 2010.

The mini-monsters of Lembeh

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  Indonesia: Sulawesi - July 2010

Here they are finally! The little monsters of the Lembeh Strait ... Open your eyes wide: these strange creatures are gifted with camouflage. A treasure trove of underwater biodiversity, which attracts divers from all over the world to the north of the Indonesian island of Sulawesi.

The Toadfish of Lembeh

To find these critters, nothing beats the eye of local guide divers. Specialists in "Muck-dive" (These observation dives flush with the substrate where sand, sediments, coral debris and rubbish mix together), they are perfectly familiar with the favorite sites and planets of all miniature monsters, who play hide and seek on the seabed.

I would never have found this little fish-toad without Nofry-Ungke, guide at Other Lembeh Lodge. It's his finger, there, next to the beast.

Toadfish. Lembeh Strait, Sulawesi, Indonesia. July 2010.

Toadfish (antennal). Lembeh, Sulawesi, Indonesia. July 2010.

I love toad fish or frog fish (referred to as frog-fish in English, they are also called antennal in French). Fish that look like nothing and can barely swim.

Their fins are almost paws and they move awkwardly, a clumsy step on the bottom. They are often perched on sponges of the same color as them.

To feed, they wait for prey to pass nearby and swallow it. They have on the front a lure, a kind of mini-fishing rod, that they agitate to attract their future meal within reach of mouth ...

Toadfish. Lembeh Strait, Sulawesi, Indonesia. July 2010.

Toadfish (antennal). Lembeh, Sulawesi, Indonesia. July 2010.

Toadfish (antennal). Lembeh, Sulawesi, Indonesia. July 2010.

Toadfish. Lembeh, Sulawesi, Indonesia. July 2010.

Toadfish. Lembeh Strait, Sulawesi, Indonesia. July 2010.

But the most sought after, the most appreciated, the most photographed of all the toad fish of Lembeh, is the hairy frog-fish. In other words, the model "hairy".

An adorable mini-monster, met several times, who deigned to pose for me ...

Toadfish. Lembeh Strait, Sulawesi, Indonesia. July 2010.

Hairy frog-fish. Lembeh, Sulawesi, Indonesia. July 2010.

😃

The Lembeh Monsters Gallery

I let you discover below my small selection of pretty monsters ... I brought back more than a thousand underwater photos of these five days of diving in the Lembeh Strait!

And I was particularly spoiled: among the rarities encountered, the blue-ringed octopus, the little blue ring octopus, elusive and toxic; a few small ones pegasus and others Rhinopias... connoisseurs will appreciate.

Nature has created and gathered here, under the surface, hallucinating creatures (the famous critters so much vaunted in the leaflets and sites in English on Lembeh)!

Lionfish. Lembeh Strait, Sulawesi, Indonesia. July 2010.

Octopus with blue rings. Lembeh Strait, Sulawesi, Indonesia. July 2010.

Lionfish. Lembeh Strait, Sulawesi, Indonesia. July 2010.

Dragonet. Lembeh Strait, Sulawesi, Indonesia. July 2010.

Baby cuttlefish. Lembeh Strait, Sulawesi, Indonesia. July 2010.

Shrimp tiger. Lembeh Strait, Sulawesi, Indonesia. July 2010.

Pegasus. Lembeh Strait, Sulawesi, Indonesia. July 2010.

Flaming cuttlefish. Lembeh Strait, Sulawesi, Indonesia. July 2010.

Rhinopias. Lembeh Strait, Sulawesi, Indonesia. July 2010.

Mimic octopus. Lembeh Strait, Sulawesi, Indonesia. July 2010.

Sole. Lembeh Strait, Sulawesi, Indonesia. July 2010.

Stonefish. Lembeh Strait, Sulawesi, Indonesia. July 2010.

I stop there. Because I also have nice nudibranchs and some cute seahorses to show you ... It will be in a next post!

😉

For fans of quirks underwater ... I went to Lembeh several times during my stay in Indonesia. To find all the blog posts, on this dive spot like no other, follow this link  → All articles on Lembeh

  Indonesia: Sulawesi - July 2010

  1. Whoa! Until recently, I did not know that these creatures existed. It's a friend who made me discover these little monsters. The toad fish are amazing.
    In the area, we are still discovering new species regularly ❓

  2. Simply fabulous, and even if we know, we do not get bored. We can not wait to go back, go, a few months to wait, in the meantime, we look at the pictures of others, those we took last year and "the" video on Lembeh (wink ...) 😉
    See you soon…

  3. I love your 3rd photo of Toad fish, it looks like he is ready to jump from the top of his sponge!
    😀 What you have lots of nudibranch photos and you hide them !!!
    It's not fair 😥
    Well, we will try to wait, but it's hard ... 😛

  4. Lembeh State of Mind!
    Like Laurence I particularly like the frogfish of the 3rd photo, as gripping her sponge with her fin / foot / hand ...
    But it seems to me to recognize the hairy frogfish (the 1st), is not it my friend of the site of Jahir ??? 🙄
    Anyway thank you for these photos and this ticket which, once again 😈, make me want to leave very quickly to meet the amazing funds of Lembeh!

    And of course I'm waiting for your nudibranchs firmly

  5. @Nathan: Yes, she's a friend we have in common, right? 😉 We discover regularly new species in these waters of the sea of Celebes.

    @Pac ': Merki! 😀

    @isa (etmarco): Imagine that I could even review the famous video ... She is on DVD at Divers Lodge !!!
    🙂

    @Laurence: Yes, I make the suspense last, it's on purpose (in fact, no, it's just that I do not have as much time as I would like at my disposal to take care of my photos and the blog ... patience, it happens !!!).
    🙄

    @ Malene: You've recognized, it's him, your hairy buddy Jahir! 😆 Really too strong, Malène !!! Ah, I admit that I, too, will return well, there, now ... The nudies arrive soon!

    @Manta: How? You too, are you going there? That's it !!!
    😆 😀

  6. We have so much to discover under the sea ... the species are so varied and surprising in this corner of the globe!
    You have made us languish since the 18/07, but we are rewarded by your pictures very funny frogfish. The one with pink pustules (a bit like the pygmee seahorse) is very amazing. I love the little octopus "blue rings" (we know its size thanks to the fingers) and the black striped.
    I guess you came back from vacation so welcome back to earth ... waiting for your selection of nudis and seahorses.

  7. Congratulations for the photos!
    For my part, I could not really enjoy Pulau Weh, after a dive, I had a motorcycle accident. Foot hurts = no dive. You imagine my disappointment! Just had time to see a family of argh marble stripes!
    Have a good day!

  8. I see that you went to the SLR brilliantly 😀
    I can not believe you've seen the "hairy toad" and the "blue-ringed octopus" 🙄
    Me in 17 dives, I did not find them 😡
    "It's really too unjust", as a famous chick would say

  9. Hello
    I discover this site today, and remember the dives on Lembech, really surprising and different from what we usually see
    This area is great for divers, both in Bunaken and Lembech
    I remember seeing a "red crab like an electric lamp"
    I will not know his name, but breathtaking
    And the magnificent hippocantants of all kinds

    Do not miss some manatees on Bunaken

    Bye

  10. Hi Corinne!

    Your blog and dives have often inspired me since I know your "address". You are partly responsible for my desire to dive 😉

    Incidentally, I finally posted my blog. Well, still a lot of work visually, yours is top class in this area!

    Good day to you!

  11. @Lisemet: Sorry, I still make you languish ... But I get back to work very quickly: I promise a ticket in a day or two !!!
    🙂

    @Alimata: This is my favorite chick. Thank you for this nice "brilliantly" ... Am very flattered.
    8)

    @ Cricri466: Yes, Lembeh is really a unique, exceptional site. Your crab is probably one of those crabs carrying a red-colored sea urchin on their backs ... I have to have a picture somewhere, I'll try to find that.
    🙄

    @Fabrice: Oh, there, no luck ... Fortunately, you're doing pretty well, if I believe what you say on your blog (very nice, I feel that I'm going to hang out regularly ...). Too bad, so, for diving, but like that, you'll have to go back to Pulau Weh ... hey, hey !!! Rule # 1 on Indonesian roads: ride soft. Rule # 2: Keep your thumb on the horn. Rule # 3: Roll all soft. In short, "pelan-pelan" as they say in Bahasa ...
    😉

  12. Congratulations Corinne! That's it, I see you have your racing car in hand! Wonderful, these little beasts ... Did the mimic octopus do you his magic tricks ???
    See you soon 😉

  13. @Fabrice: It must never happen again, never again! It could have been worse.
    🙄
    @Anthony: Ah, that yes ... I start to have fun with my 7D under water! I can not wait to put that back. We had a bowl for the mimic, we could stay very long with him, in 2 meters of water. He gave us lots of magic tricks. Unforgettable !!!
    😀

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