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A cuttlefish hatching and finding muck diving gold.

A cuttlefish hatching and finding muck diving gold.

April 9 – This morning’s dive is a bummer compared to yesterday’s stunner. The info we have on this area details a very different scene than what is discovered. The dive team’s pre-breakfast reconnoiter finds the area devastated by blast fishing. What had been a thriving reef just a few years earlier now lies in a tumbled heap of white coral bone. Except for surviving patches of coral here and there and some new sponge … Read entire article »

Filed under: Indonesia, Liveaboard Diving Indonesia

A rare pipehorse trumped by a christmas tree worm spawning

A rare pipehorse trumped by a christmas tree worm spawning

April 6 – An overnight steam takes us to Pisang Island, a lone sentinel southeast of Halmahera. The impressive stands of giant hardwoods sheltering calling birds and edged by a white sand beach bode well for a shore excursion. The water here is as clear as any I’ve seen in years. Aggregations of orange and purple anthias fill the sea along the drop-off as far as the eye can see Eduardo Martinez and I drift along … Read entire article »

Filed under: Behavior, Indonesia, Liveaboard Diving Indonesia

A mangrove dive, a hitchhiker and 472 species of fish

A mangrove dive, a hitchhiker and 472 species of fish

    April 2 –We spent the day in the mangroves of Gam Island. I have long ranked mangroves high on my list of favorite alternate habitats to explore. Most mangrove forests are washed by turbid coastal water, limiting sightseeing, but not on Gam, where clear water invades the tangled growth right up to shore.             What a feast for the imagination to glide over a carpeting of corals and anemones overhung with a leaf-filled tropical sky, and neighbored … Read entire article »

Filed under: Indonesia, Liveaboard Diving Indonesia, Raja Ampat