Every week during my two months at Wakatobi Dive Resort between August and October 2009 I wrote a blog for FiNS online. I was at the resort conducting fieldwork for my PhD on the biology of pygmy seahorses. The blog explains what I was up to each week so just follow the links below to each week's write-up:
Week 1 - The weeks ahead
I spent a couple of weeks at Walea Dive Resort in the Togean Islands of Central Sulawesi, Indonesia conducting surveys of gorgonian-associated pygmy seahorses as well as having my first experiences with the amazing and newly named Walea pygmy seahorse (Hippocampus waleananus).
I also wrote some information for the resort's website about the reef and some creatures they habour, which you can read on the resort's website:
I was lucky enough to meet Christina Ngiam, who is the founder of EcoAsia, recently whilst working at Wakatobi. It was great to meet someone who has a passion for conserving our natural resources whilst also realising that this can occur along side development and everyday living.
I have recently returned from a trip aboard the Mike Ball boat Spoil Sport to the Coral Sea. The Coral Sea is located off the east coast of Australia off shore from the Great Barrier Reef's ribbon reefs. The itinerary included the famous Cod Hole, where huge and very friendly potato cod were very obliging photographic subjects. We then headed to Osprey Reef where mega fauna were numerous. It was nice to see sharks, large fish and even a manta. These have unfortunately become very rare in Asia due to overfishing.
Whilst on a night dive aboard the Paradise Dancer in the Raja Ampat region of Indonesia recently I came across this unusual velvetfish. I consulted Dr Gerry Allen, the world renowned fish expert, who confirmed that he had never seen a fish like it and that it may well be a new species. He is going to keep his eyes peeled for a specimen to do a formal description, as am I.