MARINE LIFE

Eyes on You

Published September 22, 2014

Diving is a visual sport, and at Wakatobi, there’s a whole lot to see. But did you ever wonder what these same reefs might look like from the fish’s point of view? Marine animals see the world in a different way—sometimes very different. Here are a few explanations of how the world might look through the eyes of some of the weird and wonderful creatures inhabiting Wakatobi’s waters. Things are looking up One might say flounders are definitely “on top of it” when it comes to vision. When they first hatch, flounders have one eye on either side of their head, […]

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Top of the Reef

Published July 29, 2014

Wakatobi is known as one of the world’s finest diving destinations, but it could just as easily be called one of the planet’s best places to snorkel. Not only are the sunlit tops of many reefs located within ideal snorkeling depths, the resort staff and boat crews are completely “snorkeler friendly,” and treat surface-swimming guests with the same respect and attention as the divers. Here is a sampling of the many shallow water attractions snorkelers can discover on the reefs of Wakatobi. Snorkelers often say they could spend days exploring the house reef before ever venturing off on a scheduled boat trip. […]

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A Fishy Defense

Published July 11, 2014

Though lovely to behold, coral reefs are far from a placid environment for the creatures that call these places home. It’s a world of eat or be eaten, of stealthy hunts and lethal attacks that must be countered by equally sophisticated defensive strategies. For most, simply fleeing the scene won’t work. Instead, many reef dwellers have come up with unique methods for thwarting would-be predators that involve everything from chemical cloaks to poisoned spikes. Follow along as we explore some of the more unusual defensive adaptations these animals employ. The flounder’s eyes function independently, with each capable of rotating 180 […]

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Night Moves

Published June 1, 2014

Seeing Wakatobi’s reefs under the cover of night can be a magical and inspiring experience. When the sun sets and the stars appear, the reef transforms into an even more magical place. Under the cover of darkness, divers encounter creatures that appear quite different from their daytime counterparts. Many marine animals are nocturnal, with appearance and behaviors that are adapted to live in the dark. Those who dive only during the day will miss out on seeing them, as many of these interesting and unique creatures are either hiding or sleeping through the sunlit hours. Here’s a little tour of night […]

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Wakatobi’s Turtle Nursery

Published May 29, 2014

When Mother Nature needs a bit of help, Wakatobi’s caring staff play surrogate parent to sea turtles. Sea Turtles can live to be 100 years old, but most don’t survive their first few days. In the wild, the tiny hatchlings typically encounter a gauntlet of predators as they hatch and make their way from beachside nests to open water, and they remain especially vulnerable those first few months of life. When nature is in balance, this attrition is a normal part of the circle of life. But when turtles become threatened by factors such as habitat loss, or predators like […]

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Playing the Odds

Published April 22, 2014

Survival and reproduction on the reef While diving a coral reef, vibrant and bursting with activity, it’s easy to think of this ecosystem as a ‘magical kingdom’ with a community of strikingly beautiful creatures living in serene harmony. Yet, the appearance of serenity is a facade. Life within this coral metropolis can be very difficult. It’s a realm of “eat or be eaten,” with its own brand of ‘mean streets’ and a harsh set of rules. Let’s look at a few of the survival and procreation strategies used by marine creatures you are likely to see on Wakatobi’s reefs. Survival […]

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Bold Statements

Published April 18, 2014

On the coral reef defense tactics can be highly visual and deceptive Coral reefs are places of great beauty. But the tranquil appearance can be deceiving, as there are dangers everywhere for those who live among the corals. Reef communities are among the most densely populated environments on the planet. When predator and prey live so closely together, survival strategies become very important. Follow along for a few examples of the creative and bold defenses of some unique marine creatures found on Wakatobi’s reefs. Adapt or perish Fortunately, nature has bestowed a number of defense mechanisms, or adaptations, on marine life, […]

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Horses of a different color

Published January 28, 2014

Though you might not guess it based on name or appearance, seahorses are actually fish, and pygmy seahorses are some of the smallest fishes in the sea. The largest specimens would barely stretch across a silver dollar coin. Their tiny size and near-perfect camouflage kept pygmy seahorses hidden from humans until very recently. But once discovered, they have become superstars of Indian Ocean reefs, and the favorite subject of a growing number of photographers. Pygmy central Wakatobi Dive Resort has earned a reputation as one of the premier locations in the world to find pygmy seahorses. The surrounding waters of […]

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Kings of Camouflage

Published January 12, 2014

With eight arms growing out of their heads, and three hearts pumping blue blood through their pliable, gelatinous bodies, cuttlefish may seem like creatures from another planet, but they actually thrive in abundant numbers on the colorful reefs of Wakatobi. Alien-like intelligence from the deep blue It could be lurking close by, blending in perfectly with the coral reef or a sea grass bed. But unless the cuttlefish chooses to reveal itself, you could swim right by this alien-like creature without even knowing it was there. Sometimes referred to as “the chameleon of the sea,” cuttlefish have a remarkable ability […]

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Beyond the Bathtub

Published October 9, 2013

Sponges are much more than cleaning accessories, they are the ocean’s original reef builders. Did you know that sponges (Phylum Porifera) are one of the oldest simple multicellular organisms in the animal kingdom? In other words, they’ve been around a long, long time, first appearing in the ocean more than half a billion years ago. Wakatobi boasts one of the highest diversities in sponge species worldwide, much to the pleasure of wide-angle photographers. Differences in species can be attributed to available habitats, and the greater the diversity of habitat, the greater the number of species. In more tropical waters such […]

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