MARINE LIFE

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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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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