The sheer variety of coral species and the huge fields of wholesome coral colonies was thoughts blowing. Raja Ampat lies within the direct middle of the Coral Triangle, and has the very best range of coral species of anyplace else on the earth, with over 650 species of arduous coral. For reference, the Nice Barrier Reef has about 400 and the Caribbean has round 60.
Our group encountered many distinctive species that I hadn’t seen earlier than, just like the terribly colourful nudibranchs (also referred to as sea slugs or Spanish dancers), archerfish, which reside within the mangroves and hunt bugs on the leaves by spitting water at them, and tunicates, additionally known as sea squirts, which of all of the invertebrates, are literally the organism most intently associated to people.
Being off the grid was additionally one of many highlights for me. It’s so uncommon to be away from any type of web connection for nearly 12 days, and it’s superb how that may make yet one more current of their environment.
Crusing previous beautiful limestone islands, kayaking in distant lagoons, and having fun with the sunsets and stars at evening was such a mesmerizing and rejuvenating expertise.
I additionally encountered the largest coral colony I’ve ever seen! Corals like this one solely develop a pair centimeters a 12 months, at most, so this colony might be over 1,000 years previous. Coral colonies of this progress kind even have rings that can be utilized as indicators of previous oceanic situations, much like how tree rings are indicators of previous climactic situations.
And eventually, only a few extra coral and anemone photographs since I couldn’t get sufficient. Take pleasure in!