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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 »

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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 »

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Paradise diving in Raja Ampat, Pearls and Spawning Crinoids

Paradise diving in Raja Ampat, Pearls and Spawning Crinoids

March 30 – Having arrived on different days and subsequently scattered around North Sulawesi at various dive resorts and hotels, our group of 18 finally gathers together at the Manado airport at precisely 8:30 a.m., as directed by our travel-savvy leader, Paul. A two-hour flight will carry us to Sorong, an easily forgotten port city on the Bird’s Head Peninsula in the distant reaches of eastern Indonesia, where we will board the Paradise Dancer a.k.a., … Read entire article »

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