THIS WEEK IN BUNAKEN: Sachiko has been one big shark fest for our guests especially the afternoon dives where up to 9 black tips at a time have been seen! Also barracudas, jacks and pontoh sea horses have been sighted frequently. Plus it’s not just the ocean harvesting some cool critters – our land crabs have been out in force including this big beast caught on camera by karsten. Awesome!!
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Lots of scorpion leaf fish in all ranges of colours, eagle rays, giant trevellies, schools of tuna down in the deep plus crocodile fish galore!! We don’t see many normally but this week they have been out in abundance including 4 hanging out together at Barracuda point. Thanks to Jimmy our DMT for this great shot! Crocodile fish can live to be 14 years old and start off entirely black before developing their amazing camouflage skin as adults!
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Today again awesome dives in Wori!!Mimic, long arm and coconut octopus, three painted frogfish, gunnard, ambon scorpion fish just to name few!!! Here some pictures!
It has been almost two weeks since we first time saw dugons and they are still in Ron’s point. We saw them in all the dives since that!! (not all the divers I have to say……but they are there!!). Today after half an hour dive they scared me just in front of me when I was looking close to a lizard!!They were two, one of them swam away after few minutes but the other one stayed with me for the rest of the dive. Sucking the sandy bottoms and swimming to the surface for air, gave me time to enjoy with this peaceful animal.
Here some pictures…..not quite good do, it is difficult to get good pictures of such a big animal with the macro lens…
Yesterday our guest Selina and our head guide John had the privilege of enjoy diving with a dugon in Ron’s point!! The dive start with three black tip sharks and after 20 min they spotted the dugon who stayed with them until they were low on air!! Great last day diving in Bunaken for Selina who did over 40 dives between Lembeh and Bunaken.
The dugong (Dugong dugon) is a large marine mammal, together with the manatees, is one of four living species of the order Sirenia.The dugong is the only strictly-marine herbivorous mammal, as all species of manatee utilise fresh water to some degree.
Like all modern sirenians, the dugong has a fusiform body with no dorsal fin or hind limbs, instead possessing paddle-like forelimbs used to manoeuvre. It is easily distinguished from the manatees by its fluked, dolphin-like tail, but also possesses a unique skull and teeth. The dugong is heavily dependent on seagrasses for subsistence and is thus restricted to the coastal habitats where they grow, with the largest dugong concentrations typically occurring in wide, shallow, protected areas such as bays, mangrove channels and the lee sides of large inshore islands.
The dugong has been hunted for thousands of years for its meat and oil, although dugong hunting also has great cultural significance throughout its range. The dugong’s current distribution is reduced and disjunct, and many populations are close to extinction. The IUCN lists the dugong as a species vulnerable to extinction.