RESEARCH & CONSERVATION

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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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

In 2011, marine biologist and accomplished underwater photographer, Richard Smith completed his PhD on the biology and conservation of pygmy seahorses, a little known group of miniature seahorses resident in the waters of Wakatobi. A great deal of Dr. Smith’s research, which focuses on the gorgonian-associated species, Denise’s (Hippocampus denise) and Bargibant’s pygmy seahorses (H. bargibanti), was carried out at Wakatobi Dive Resort. At one point he found the Wakatobi house reef had the largest local population of pygmies and Kollo Soha, a site located north of the resort off Tomia Island, had the greatest proportion of gorgonians with pygmies […]

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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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