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Raja Ampat to Ambon with Flying Fish Between

Raja Ampat to Ambon with Flying Fish Between

April, 2011– I can think of few things more appealing than exploring eastern Indonesia on the Paradise Dancer with a boatload of friends, and that’s just what Anna and I did once again last April. Measuring just over half the length of a football field the stylish replica of a 19th century three-masted schooner more closely favors a boutique hotel than your typical liveaboard. Although there are amenities aplenty, it’s the world-class animals inhabiting eastern Indonesia’s … Read entire article »

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Home from Indonesia diving after finding a possible new species of blenny and Mandarinfish spawning

Home from Indonesia diving after finding a possible new species of blenny and Mandarinfish spawning

May 5 – After a long trip, I spend my usual 10 days in a jetlag fog, barely coping with laundry and piles of unread mail. Fortunately, others on the trip have been industrious and sent along some interesting things to share. I previously mentioned Janet Eyre and her dedicated REEF fish surveying at every stop along the way. Janet’s effort didn’t end in Indonesia. Since arriving home she has spent untold hours compiling the official trip … Read entire article »

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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 »

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