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26.08.2021

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Pere Rubio

Blue-Ringed Octopus
At first glance, the blue-ringed octopus looks perfectly innocuous. Its psychedelic coloring and pint-sized packaging make it seem more adorable than alarming.
But don’t let its cuddly exterior fool you: this tiny octopus can kill you.
Although all octopuses are venomous, the blue-ringed octopus is in a league of its own. Its venom is 1,000 times more powerful than cyanide, and this golf-ball sized powerhouse packs enough venom to kill 26 humans within minutes. It’s no surprise that it’s recognized as one of the most dangerous animals in the ocean.

11.08.2021

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Claudia Peyer

Breathtaking Reefs

Raja Ampat is located in the heart of the Coral Triangle region, home to the greatest diversity of marine species recorded anywhere on Earth.

New species are still being discovered, adding to the already impressive totals, more than 1,400 fish species and 550+ species of reef-building corals (75% of the world’s coral species) are found here.

There are relatively few places left in the world where you can enjoy find healthy, vibrant coral reefs that show little sign of human impact.

You will never run out of new and unique snorkel or dive sites to capture your attention.

30.07.2021

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Claudia Peyer

Manta Ray

The name "manta" is Portuguese and Spanish for mantle (cloak or blanket), a type of blanket-shaped trap traditionally used to catch rays.

Mantas are known as "devilfish" because of their horn-shaped cephalic fins, which are imagined to give them an "evil" appearance.

They are filter feeders as well as macropredators. On the surface, they consume large quantities of zooplankton in the form of shrimp, krill, and planktonic crabs. In deeper depths, mantas consume small to medium-sized fish.

14.07.2021

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Thomas Haider

Lionfish

One of the most photogenic fish you are likely to come across when scuba diving is the lionfish; a fish as beautiful as it is dangerous.

Often found lurking in quiet areas of a reef or a wreck, the firefish has a very distinctive striped body, and a series of spines and fins that open up in a magnificent display of flamboyance.

For the majority of their adult lives, lionfish are solitary and will fiercely defend their home range against other individuals of both the same or different species, using their poisonous dorsal spines.

As their name suggests, they are fearsome predators. Hunting mostly at night, the lion fish will eat just about any crustacean or fish it can catch. Normally sluggish fish, they expend a lot of energy hunting and must therefore eat a considerable amount.

07.07.2021

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Joram Zimmermann

The banded pipefish or ringed pipefish (Dunckerocampus dactyliophorus)

Reaching a maximum length of 19 centimeters, this pipefish matures into a very beautiful creature. Long and slender, it very closely resembles a straightened-out seahorse.

Similar to the other seahorses and pipefishes, the male banded pipefish is equipped with a specialised brood pouch, rather than the female. The female deposits her eggs in the male's pouch, where they develop. The male later gives birth.

Banded Pipefish are found living in and near rocky outcrops and reef formations throughout the tropical Indo-Pacific region.

They are a very social species and will generally be found living in groups, mated pairs and even multiple mated pairs living amongst a larger group.

The Banded Pipefish will spend much of its time swimming amongst corals, rocky overhangs or enclosed reef areas where it hunts for copepods, amphipods and other small organisms on which it feeds.

01.07.2021

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Thomas Haider

Sea turtles are majestic creatures in the sea and there is no more magical place to see them than Raja Ampat.

Raja Ampat was designated a shark, dugong, and sea turtle sanctuary in 2014.

Since then a number of conservation agencies have been working with government officials and local communities to stop the capture of sea turtles for their meat and eggs.

Did you know sea turtles are one of the world’s oldest species?

Scientific evidence shows they are at least 100 million years old and the nearest turtle ancestors are up to 112 million years old.

Raja Ampat is an incredible place to see at least four of the world’s seven turtle species.

www.thomashaider.at
 

23.06.2021

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Pere Rubio

Jack Fish School

This species lives in several different types of habitats. You can find them in estuaries, bays, reefs, seagrass beds, sandy flats, and more.

This fish has carnivorous feeding habits, which means it preys on other animals. It has a primarily piscivorous diet because it eats fish and other similar seafood.

Younger fish, being smaller, hunt for smaller prey. Adults can hunt larger fish with their increased size. They also eat squid, shrimp, crabs, and more.

16.06.2021

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Thomas Haider

Octopuses typically drop down on their prey from above and, using powerful suctions that line their arms, pull the animal into their mouth.

The octopus performs its famous backward swim by blasting water through a muscular tube on the body called a siphon.

Octopuses also crawl along the ocean’s floor, tucking their arms into small openings to search for food. Seals, whales, and large fish prey on octopuses.

05.06.2021

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Elmar Jünger

Der Epaulettenhai gehört zur Familie der Bambushaie, lebt nur in den tropischen Gewässern um Indonesien, Neuguinea und Australien und ist nachtaktiv. Er hält sich meist in seichten Gewässern oder in Gezeitentümpeln auf. Mit etwas Glück kann man ihn bei Nachttauchgängen am Hausriff oder sogar vom Restaurant aus entdecken.

02.06.2021

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@hizu.wizu

This species of kookaburra is widely distributed through the forests of lowland New Guinea.

It has a black cap, blue-tinged wings, a pale, rufous belly and tail feathers, but its white bill distinguishes it very clearly from other kookaburras with their black bills.

28.05.2021

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Claudia Peyer

Spring is in full bloom in many areas of the world and nature is showing its most beautiful side.

Luckily, it’s spring all year round in Raja Ampat! 

18.05.2021

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@hizu.wizu

Zurück in die Steinzeit. Dieses prächtige Urtier überraschte uns kürzlich mit seinem Besuch auf Pulauf Pef. Weisst du, dass die Kokosnusskrabbe oder auch Palmdieb genannt, zur Familie der Einsiedlerkrebse gehört?

 

12.05.2021

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Barbara Moll

Raja Ampat - home of the world's richest reefs

06.05.2021

 

 

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Barbara Moll

A very colorful crab that grows up to 2 cm (0.8 in) and lives on various species of soft coral.

It camouflages itself by mimicking the colours of the polyps among which it hides and adds further camouflage by attaching polyps to its carapace.

The Candy Crab's first pair of legs has small claws and its body in covered with pointed spines, similar in appearance to the host coral.

04.05.2021

 

 

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Thomas Haider

Porcupine Fish are short and broad-bodied, with large eyes, beaklike teeth, and skins set with spines, hence the name.

They inflate their bodies when provoked, reducing the range of potential predators to those with much bigger mouths. A second defense mechanism is provided by the sharp spines, which radiate outwards when the fish is inflated.

02.05.2021

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Raja4Divers

Physical distancing Pef style!

Our bungalows are well spaced apart and very airy due to their traditional construction with high ceilings and lots of open spaces.

Picture yourself on a lounge chair on one of these terraces and enjoy your Sunday!

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