RESEARCH & CONSERVATION

Born on the Reef

Published September 4, 2013

On the coral reefs, there are many challenges to reproduction and survival -from larvae to adult. Let’s explore the unique behaviors and methods marine animals have developed to meet these challenges.   The first step to successful reproduction is finding a suitable mate. Usually, it’s the male who does the seeking, looking for the best female—and he will try anything to attract her (sound familiar?). At dusk, dozens upon dozens of Mandarinfish at Magic Pier in Pasarwajo Bay (a Pelagian Yacht signature dive), can be witnessed performing their beautiful courting dance. Accessed only by Pelagian, this is one of the best […]

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Marine Life Biodiversity

Published May 24, 2013

What is biodiversity and what does it mean to the average diver? Biodiversity is a measure of the variety of species that can be found in an ecosystem. Wakatobi is located in an area that encompasses the highest coral reef biodiversity in the world. But why it so prolific in our part of the world, and what does it mean to the average diver? Wakatobi is located in the Coral Triangle, a region that encompasses the highest coral reef biodiversity in the world.  Photo by Walt Stearns Why so diverse? Many factors determine the overall number of species in an […]

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Pygmy Seahorse Research

Published March 11, 2013

This has been another productive trip, although I have had a slight setback to my behavioural observations. A couple of days of unseasonable and unusual conditions, quite localised around the vicinity of my gorgonian, led to some damage of the gorgonian and the loss of the two females of my study group. A single male remains on the gorgonian and is pregnant so I hope to observe the birth at the beginning of next trip. In addition I have been continuing population surveys at Teluk Waitii and Galaxy dive sites. I have found several pairs of Denise’s pygmy seahorses (Hippocampus […]

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Making a Difference: Wakatobi Conservation

Published March 11, 2013

“While training Wakatobi Dive Resort staff in GPS coral reef mapping, I witnessed firsthand the exceptional beauty of the local coral reefs. Pristine coral heads, healthy fish aggregations, and fascinating coral reef architecture make diving at Wakatobi an experience that is out of this world.”  – Stephan Becker, Founder and President of Beautiful Oceans  Wakatobi Dive Resort: the example that makes a difference by Stephan Becker, Founder and President of Beautiful Oceans You may be well informed about the ink that has been flowing to praise the outstanding customer service, excellent gourmet cuisine and exceptional quality of diving available at Wakatobi […]

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