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Scuba diving Raja Ampat

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Scuba diving Raja Ampat will open you to encounter
things, colours and movements you have never
experienced before. Here's a few of the potential
sightings that will make you stand out from any
other diver at a cocktail party - and we mean it!

BARGIBANTI PYGMY SEAHORSE

BARGIBANTI
PYGMY SEAHORSE

You have to look really close to see a
Bargibanti Pygmy Seahorse. They
look suspiciously like coral, are only
1cm long and spend most of their
time in one outgrowth of a sea fan.

Photo credit: Christian Gloor
ZEBRA CRAB

ZEBRA CRAB

These tiny guys only grow to be
2cm in length and can be found on
coral and rocky reefs, living with
short spined urchins.

Photo credit: Christian Gloor
ELECTRIC CLAM

ELECTRIC CLAM

Also known as a Disco or Fire
Clam, these majestic animals know
how to put on a show. It produces
flashes of light that at first glance
look like flickers of neon or ripples
of electricity.

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TASSELLED WOBBEGONG

TASSELLED WOBBEGONG

The Tasselled Wobbegong shark is
an ambush predator. A
fleshy-beard around its chin breaks
up its outline and its camouflaged
skin makes it difficult to spot on
the seabed. They are one of our
most favourite sightings!

Photo credit: Meridian Adventure
EPAULETTE SHARK

EPAULETTE SHARK

These interesting creatures are not
only capable swimmers, but can
also "walk" between coral heads at
low tide, along the seafloor, and
even on land when needed.

Photo credit: Jim Capaldi
ORNATE GHOST PIPEFISH

ORNATE GHOST PIPEFISH

Ornate Ghost Pipefish have a real
knack for camouflage and is
notoriously difficult to spot. They
have a small long mouth that they
use as a vacuum to suck up small
planktonic animals like shrimp.

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BLUE RING OCTOPUS

BLUE RING OCTOPUS

These beautiful creatures are
actually recognised as one of the
world's most venomous marine
animals, despite their small size
(12 to 20cm).

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PEACOCK MANTIS SHRIMP

PEACOCK MANTIS SHRIMP

This crustacean is known to pack a
punch and spend most of their time
hiding in burrows and holes. Besides
having the fastest punch, they also
have the most complex eyes in the
animal kingdom. They can see as
many as 12 different colours.

Photo credit: magnusdeepbelow
FLYING GURNARD

FLYING GURNARD

Keep your eyes on the seabed to see
if you can spot a Flying Gurnard.
They are bottom dwellers but are
reportedly able to glide above the
water for short distances on their
outspread pectoral fins.

Photo credit: Beckmannjan
SIGNAL GOBY

SIGNAL GOBY

The Signal Goby is an appealing
little sand sifter and the twin
eyespots on its body create the
impression that you're looking at a
crab scuttling sideways along the
ocean floor. Keep your camera
close by, because these little guys
have fascinating behaviourisms
that need to be captured.

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DISCOVERING THE UNDERWATER
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The waters of Raja Ampat are ideal for harbouring the big
and the small and have become known as an incomparable
playground for divers who always travel with a camera.
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