Coelecanth is a Devonian lobed fin fish that thrived in the oceans 450-500 million years ago. Its importance lies in the fact that it is considered the “missing link” between fish and animals, ie they were the ones that crawled from the waters to create life on land. It is also an inhabitant of Bunaken Marine Park, and probably one of the most unusual inhabitants at that!
It is common to see dolphins in Bunaken National Park. There are 28 different types of whales and dolphins that have been seen in the park, however they are shy animals and most of the times we see them in the surface rather than diving.
When we do see them then often it is in very large schools of 50-100+ animals, as in the photo on the right.
Here a little bit more information about these amazing animals!
Despite having a face that looks strangely like that of a disgruntled weasel, the Whitetip Reef Shark (Triaenodon obesus) is generally unaggressive toward humans who invade its environment. Although it often rests in caves during daylight hours, this species is probably the most commonly-encountered shark of the tropical Pacific. Indeed, for many divers and snorkellers, the phlegmatic Reef Whitetip is their only ambassador to sharkdom.
These beautiful cuttlefish get their name from the flamboyant pink, yellow and black ripples they make with their bodies when alarmed.
This small cuttlefish is just 8cm (3in) in length.
They are found in northern Australia and Indonesia.
A tropical species with limited distribution, it is found on the seabed in shallow waters.
Small fish and crustaceans.
Active in the day the cuttlefish uses vision to detect its prey. It’s capable of rapid colour change that might be used to confuse predators or prey.
Like other cephalopods, the flamboyant cuttlefish breeds once and then dies.
Great morning dives, four sea horses, octopus (eating a crab), demon stinger scorpionfish, zebra batfish ( the juvenile!), robust pipefish… and two hairy frogfish!!Great last dive for Flavia!