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16 Feb / 2015
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Juvenile frogfish This week in Bunaken… Everywhere around the world people get worried when Friday the 13th comes around, but it takes more than superstition to put divers off from diving! And of course it was smooth sailing with calm seas, sun and clear water as well as great sightings. Among other things the divers got a curious black tip reef shark coming in several times to have a close look before it disappeared in to the blue again.
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09 Feb / 2015
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juvenile batfish in bunakenThis week in Bunaken… The weather gods have been all over the place this week with stunning sunshine that became pouring rain and back to sun again in just a blink of the eye. This didn’t put off the divers though who were rewarded with great sightings; plenty of reef sharks, sting rays, the usual abundance of friendly turtles as well as large cuttlefish, schools of squid and tunas and giant trevallies hunting small fish. One exciting treat spotted on Tanjung Parigi was a gorgeous little juvenile batfish trying to look like a flatworm. (Photo: Ina Wallin)
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02 Feb / 2015
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pontohi pygmy seahorseThis week in Bunaken… From having a couple of weeks of big stuff, this week has been one of awesome macro. Candy crab, crinoid shrimp, ornate ghost pipefish, painted frogfish, harlequin shrimp, tiger mantis shrimp and several types of  pygmy seahorse (Pontohi, Severn, Bargibanti) just to name a few. The seahorse in the picture is a Pontohi pygmy seahorse which was classified as its own species just seven years ago in 2008! Growing to a maximum size of 17 mm from nose to the tip of the tail we are happy our guides have the eagle eyes required to find them. Thank you Phil Clarke for the great photo!
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26 Jan / 2015
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devil ray This week in Bunaken… What an amazing week we’ve had! The afternoon dives have really rocked this week. Michel from Canada was out on a dive on Bunaken Timor II with divemaster Sandy when a gorgeous devil ray cruised by them almost within touching distance! They were so surprised that Michel only had time to take this one photo before it was gone. We rarely see devil rays here, but it also gave us a reminder to keep an eye out in the blue. Who knows what cruises by when we have our heads in the reef looking for small stuff. Maybe rearview mirrors on the mask can be an idea….
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19 Jan / 2015
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A week of big fish in BunakenThis week in Bunaken… Lots of sightings at the moment showing us that big fish is better! Dive guide Fenly and his group got a real treat this week when they had a 2 m marlin swooping past during a dive at Lekuan III. These impressive game fish are a rare sight for divers as they are pelagic and will leave anyone who sees them in awe.
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