Invertebrates
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Invertebrates

Pom pom crab feature_WS Let’s Get Crabby let's get crabby

Discovering Wakatobi’s wild, weird and wonderful world of crabs When you hear the word “crabby” it often means someone is not having a good day. But if you are exploring the reefs of Wakatobi, getting crabby can be a good thing, as it opens up a fascinating world of clawed crustaceans. And we’re not just […]

Feature_cuttlefish snout Aliens among us aliens among us

At Wakatobi, encounters with glowing, other-worldly creatures happen every day 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. They could be lurking close […]

Cuttlefish_photo by Mark_Snyder Kings of Camouflage kings of camouflage

It could be lurking close by, blending in perfectly with the coral reef or a sea grass bed. But unless it 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 to rapidly […]

feature Peacock Mantis 02_photo Walt Stearns The Bizarre Burrow Builder the bizarre burrow builder

Wakatobi’s reefs are covered in a colorful carpet of corals, sponges and gorgonians that shelter a range of interesting creatures. To find one of the area’s most intriguing and bizarre animals of all, look beyond the growth to find a bare spot where coral rubble surrounds a small hole. The Mantis shrimp or Stomatopod is […]