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Whale Shark (Rhincodon typus) in Cenderawasih Bay, West Papua

From 17th January to 12th March 2013 I once again joined Dewi Nusantara in Papua, Indonesia as the boat's naturalist, giving a series of marine life talks. The first of the trips was exploring both the northern and southern areas of Raja Ampat (click this link to the trip report). The second was a special conservation trip around the Melissa's Garden and Penemu region with Drs Gerry Allen and Mark Erdmann in support of Sea Sanctuaries amazing conservation work in the area (click link to the trip report). Finally we visited Cenderawasih Bay on Papua's north coast.  I hadn't been to this area before, which is renowned for it's whale sharks and high numbers of endemic fishes. The trip report for the first of the two Cenderawasih expeditions can be found here and the second here.  I will be heading back to Cenderawasih Bay in 2018, in search of exciting endemic fishes including the newly descibed Maurine's Demoiselle (Chyrsiptera maurinea) that was only named at the end of 2015! Have a look at my upcoming marine biologist led diving trips here: www.OceanRealmImages.com/Expeditions

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