Amphibians

Siladen Resort and Spa, Sulawesi, Indonesia. © www.edbrown.co.uk

Siladen trip report

This is the 1st time I’ve been back diving in Bunaken marine park for quite a while, having been mostly muck diving recently. Siladen is one of a group of islands that make up the park, others include Bunaken, Manado Tua, Mantehague and Nain.

We’re staying in Siladen Resort and Spa and the temptation is to eat way too much, I’m even eating cake! (if you know me you’ll understand) Usual Indonesian hospitality, not to mention Portugese 🙂 Nothing is too much trouble and if I don’t get fat from the cake I’ll be waterlogged from the iced tea & coffee 🙂

I 1st dived Bunaken around 1994 I think and there were always loads of sharks & turtles, good to see they’re still here, I’ve seen blacktip and whitetip reef sharks, green and hawksbill turtles, loads of little stuff too, usual doses of nudis, orangutan crabs, pygmy seahorses, baby narwhals and the odd mermaid or 2* (maybe not)

Siladen Resort and Spa, Sulawesi, Indonesia. © www.edbrown.co.uk

Siladen Resort and Spa, Sulawesi, Indonesia. © www.edbrown.co.uk

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Mating frogs, Hailsham, East Sussex, UK

Spring has sprung, Frog spawn

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It appears the local frogs have decided its time to wake up & make some babies.  We noticed some frog spawn in one of the ponds the other morning and over night it seems to have tripled, both ponds now also have lots of frogs in amplexus, that is, the males gripping on for the time of their life, positioned so as to be able to fertilise the eggs as soon as they’re released.  This may be for a couple of days so hopefully we wont get any hard frosts this week, but judging by the forecast we may do.  If it looks bad i’ll move some spawn to a warmer spot.

Frogspawn, garden pond, East Sussex, England, UK

Frogspawn, garden pond, East Sussex, England, UK

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