Indonesia
March 2020
A sail through Raja Ampat, West Papua New Guinea.
Misool Pri
vate Marine Reserve and the Dampier Straights.
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A national park with a few steps and a nice view near the Dampier Straights.
There are hundreds of thousands of little uninhabited islets throughout Indonesia. Some make great dive sites!
The SY Tambora is a 42 meter Pinisi
style vessel accommodating up to 20
divers and our home for 10 days.
The view at the top
Anemone fish.
Leaf Fish pretend to be debris on the sea floor.
Stone Fish have some very nasty spines. Touch one, and you won't forget what a Stone Fish is.
At left, are two Anemone Crabs with 'nets' to filter their food out of the water. Two Decorator Crabs on the right attach live corals to their shells.
An Orangutan Crab on bubble coral, Boxer Crab and a Hermit Crab.  On the right is a Yellow Crinoid perched on a coral.
The three on the left are Tridacna Clams, or Giant Clams, that can get to about four feet across. Highly prized, they are
poached and sold on the black market. So the largest are rarely seen and  these are 14 to 18 inches end to end.
On the right is a File Clam.
There are two kinds of Mantas in this area, Oceanic and Reef Mantas. Oceanic's can be larger, but otherwise
difficult to distinguish from each other. These have a wing span of 12 to 18 feet.
These Mantas come here to be 'cleaned' by the smaller fish. They pick off parasites, dead skin and most everything else for the benefit of both animals.
A parting shot of a Manta and a school of large Bumphead Wrasse.
A tiny Anemone Shrimp at left. The two in the middle are Cleaner Shrimp that do the same jobs for the smaller fish, that those fish do for the Mantas.
At right is a Mantis Shrimp.
A Glass Shrimp, aka Ghost Shrimp, at left. And a very large Sea Cucumber. An underwater arch and corals at right.
Nudibranchs and Flat Worms make great photo subjects. They don't move very fast, are very colorful and are found nearly everywhere.
Nudibranch, from the Latin meaning 'naked lung', the tufts on their backs absorb oxygen from the water.
The two stalks near the front are 'rhinophores' that contain sensors for light, smell and possibly more.
I believe these are all Flat Worms.
Two more Flat Worms at left and Anemone Fish in a large Anemone.
A Pygmy Pipe Fish at left, about an inch in length, and a Mushroom Pipe Fish in an Anemone.
The two at right are larger Ghost Pipe Fish.
One more Ghost Pipe Fish at left. Green Sea Turtles on the reef.
I normally would not show a picture of the rear of a turtle, but you can easily see a good chunk of this sleeping turtle is missing. Likely due to a shark bite.
To get an idea just how big a Pygmy Seahorse is, that's our dive guide pointing to a fully grown Denise's Pygmy Seahorse at left.
I managed to get two more shots of different ones in the center two photos.
At right is a slightly larger Bargilant's Pygmy Seahorse, nearly 3/4 of an inch in length.
The Bargilant's Seahorse spends its entire life on a single Sea Fan and only on this species of sea fan.
Three different Moray Eels and at right is a Snake Eel.
One more Snake Eel, a Brittle Star, a school of Barracuda and Anemone Fish at right.
Two more Nudibranch at left, and two on the right might be Dorids, a relative of the nudi.
Three more Nudibranchs and a Flat Worm.
And more Nudibranchs.
Large stands of Stag Horn Coral, at left, are major reef builders. Next is a soft coral that inflates itself with sea
water and has no hard structure at all. The third photo is a large school of Jacks and last is a Cowrey Shell.
The Wobbegong is a member of the shark family that is an ambush predator.  These guys lie in wait for their next meal.
Two more Wobbegong, also known as Carpet Sharks.
A Blue Spot Sting Ray hunting at night.
The small, 2 to 3 inches, Painted Frog Fish prefer to walk rather than swim, is an ambush predator.
Lion Fish
Dwarf Lion Fish Hunting at night.
Cuttle Fish also hunt at night.
A pair of Cuttle Fish at left and Crocodile Fish.
Octopus. The little guy at left tried to run away, left, and then dove into the sand to hide with only his eyes sticking up.
The third shot is another little Octopus using a chunk of plastic as a home.
And lastly, the larger Reef Octopus peeking out of its den at right and below.
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Rhinopia Fish.
A Common Seahorse, about 6 inches in length.
Spade Fish.
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The shallows at one of our dive sites.