MARINE LIFE

Invisibly Important

Published May 23, 2013

There are things in our environment that we can’t see but are ‘invisibly important.’ For example, sunlight: we can see through its presence but we do not see the ‘energy’ that it is composed of. There are organisms that are dependent on its existence, and without it would surely perish. Same goes for the air we breathe, we need it but we can’t see it. Let’s explore how this affects our precious coral reefs, which are most dependent on sunlight and temperature.   Zooxanthellae is part of the genus Symbiodinium that encompasses the largest and most prevalent group of endosymbiotic […]

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Magical Fluorescing Corals

Published May 23, 2013

Wakatobi has some of the most pristine coral reefs on the planet, and some of the only reefs that are actually thriving, getting healthier, richer and more diverse each year. Divers come from around the world to immerse themselves in Wakatobi’s coral gardens, and to take in the visual feast these reefs provide. Recently, science has provided divers with a whole new way to see coral reefs like never before. It turns out that many corals have a hidden ability to reflect light in spectrums that are not visible to the human eye, but can be revealed through the use […]

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Nudibranchs: Beautiful but Dangerous Marine Creatures

Published May 8, 2013

With the creation of Nudibranchs, Mother Nature expressed her wildest indulgence of colors and forms. This month in Wakatobi, as the water temperature drops to 27 degrees, there seems to be a simultaneous increase in the size, variety and amount of Nudibranchs. The dive team decided to focus on these amazingly beautiful “butterflies of the sea”. Nudibranchs belong to the Phylum Molusca, along with other sea shells or molluscs. They are part of the class of the gastropods, or univalves and belong to the sub-class Opisthobranchia, along with sea hares and slugs. These colourful and bizarre creatures have astonishingly remarkable […]

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Marine Life Sightings

Published March 11, 2013

Every single living creature on the reef needs to eat. Predators and prey live alongside each other and marine animals must compete for their food resources. This amazing survival game, ruled by the hierarchy of the food chain fascinates divers when they come to such a biodiverse ecosystem as Wakatobi. Wakatobi’s reefs are a model of diversity, yet there are no dominant species with obesity problems! The myriad marine creatures have varying and balancing diets, in what is obviously a very equilibrated ecosystem. Let’s take a look at what’s on Wakatobi’s gourmet menu this month. The feeding grounds offer a […]

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Making a Difference: Wakatobi Conservation

Published March 11, 2013

While establishing training protocols for the GPS mapping of coral reefs in the Wakatobi area, Stephan Becker is impressed by the health of the underwater environment. This cannot be attributed solely to the reefs’ remote location, he feels, and is instead a direct result of numerous protective measures that remain in place, and to the cooperative partnership formed between Wakatobi Dive Resort and local fishermen and villagers – known as the Collaborative Reef Conservation Program. Wakatobi Dive Resort: the example that makes a difference by Stephan Becker, Founder and President of Beautiful Oceans Reefs that take your breath away You may […]

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Diving in a Whole New Light

Published February 25, 2013

Scuba diving is a visual sport. Whether it’s seeking out small creatures among the hidden crevices of a coral head, or admiring the majestic vista of a vertical wall, the eyes have it… or so it seems. It turns out that fish and other marine life have the ability to reflect light in spectrums that are not visible to the human eye, but can be revealed through the use of special lighting. This phenomenon is known as marine fluorescence, and it allows certain forms of marine life to glow in a range of unique colors that seem to come from […]

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