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Jessica’s First Day in Lembeh

Jessica’s First Day in Lembeh

October 10, 2010 For some yet undeciphered set of reasons the 12-kilometer strait that separates the small palm-lined island of Lembeh from the sprawling Indonesian landmass of Sulawesi attracts the most eye-popping collection of marine wildlife ever discovered. Ghost pipefishes, pygmy seahorses, hairy frogfish, blue-ringed, mimic and wunderpus octopus, flamboyant cuttlefish, harlequin shrimp and nudibranchs by the kirbillons – these are just a few of the storybook animals that have kept us returning on annual visits … Read entire article »

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Yellow-spotted Bandfish, Shortfin Puffers and Bigfin Squid in Maumere Harbor

Yellow-spotted Bandfish, Shortfin Puffers and Bigfin Squid in Maumere Harbor

The Exotic Creature Tour: Komodo to Alor April 27-30, 2010 Maumere Harbor Years ago, during a dive in Lembeh Strait, Ned and our guide Liberty watched a coconut roll down a sandy slope. A tug on the two mismatched halves forming the orb indicated that an octopus was inside, tightly holding the two halves in place with all the strength its eight arms could muster. Ned, who has no patience above water, but can remain motionless … 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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