In September 2012, Dr Mark Erdmann and Dr Gerry Allen were visiting Manado as Guest Lecturers for a biology workshop. At the same time they conducted a survey of fish species to measure the marine biodiversity in North Sulawesi, and it threw up some most absolutely amazing unexpected results. Namely that North Sulawesi has more marine diversity than Komodo and West Thailand, so now you can dive some of the best marine diversity on the planet with us!
How did this reach this conclusion? To begin with, they recorded 967 species from 329 genera and 84 families, and they said that they were “nowhere near reaching a plateau with every day adding 25-40 new records to the list!”.
THIS WEEK IN BUNAKEN: WHALE SHARK WHALE SHARK!!!! 2 of our guests were lucky enough to see this beautiful shark at Lekuan 1!! The currents have been a little crazy and just as Alex and Izold were thinking ‘wow can the current get any stronger?’ the whale shark glides by!! Awesome. Also this week a harlequin shrimp, leaf scorpion fish, black tips, white tips and some big barracudas.
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THIS WEEK IN BUNAKEN: Ribbon eels, coral shrimps, eagle rays, sharks, frog fish, napoleons galore and a surprise finding by a guest…a hairy frogfish!! Plus the massive resident turtle at Lekuan 1 did not disappoint when guests when searching to get photos. Thanks to Jimmy who got this shot with Brendon in the background (the turtle really is HUGE!)
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THIS WEEK IN BUNAKEN: We congratulate Arto and Jimmy who finished their IDC yesterday and wish them all the best for the IE tomorrow. Check out the pic of Arto diving with a CCR – he loved the quiet, no bubbles experience!! Also this week barracudas galore on the day trip, lots of sharks, schools of tuna, pontohi sea horses and some devil rays!
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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