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A crab living on an anemone living on a crab and “stubby” – the unidentified wrasse.

A crab living on an anemone living on a crab and “stubby” – the unidentified wrasse.

The Exotic Creature Tour: Maumere to Alor, Indonesia May 1-3, 2010: Flores to Adonara After the last of our friends trickle in, the Komodo Dancer slips out of Maumere harbor and heads back east for the second leg of our critter hunting tour. Our new recruits to the Octopus Army are going to earn their arms during the next two-weeks; this is our last chance to find animals for the Tropical Pacific Reef Creature book. Besides, … 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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Komodo Dragons, a rare Crinoid Crab, Rhinopias galore and the beginnings of the Octopus Army.

Komodo Dragons, a rare Crinoid Crab, Rhinopias galore and the beginnings of the Octopus Army.

The Exotic Creature Tour, Part I: Komodo East to Alor – April 2010 Two previous trips to the Nusa Tenggara region of Indonesia convinced us that the islands hold far more than mantas and sharks and other big animals the waters are so famous for. When we booked the Komodo Dancer for a month of diving, divided into two, two-week voyages with four days scheduled between to explore Maumere Harbor, we requested an itinerary emphasizing dry river beds, … Read entire article »

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