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Great dive at famous Cape Kri in Raja Ampat

The Cape Kri dive site is famous for a record that was set by Dr. Gerry Allen for the highest number of different species on a one-tank dive; he recorded 374 species here and it went on to become a world famous dive site for its tremendous diversity

The Cape Kri dive site is famous for a record that was set by Dr. Gerry Allen for the highest number of different species on a one-tank dive; he recorded 374 species here and it went on to become a world famous dive site for its tremendous diversity

Large grey reef shark; estimates of the gestation period for this species range from 9 to 14 months with 1 to 4 pups being born every other year; they can live more than 25 years

Large grey reef shark; estimates of the gestation period for this species range from 9 to 14 months with 1 to 4 pups being born every other year; they can live more than 25 years

Barramundi; this is an important commercial fish with more than 30,000 tons caught annually in SE Asia alone; the species is being raised in aquaculture now around the world as well

Barramundi; this is an important commercial fish with more than 30,000 tons caught annually in SE Asia alone; the species is being raised in aquaculture now around the world as well

Gestation with manta rays is just over a year with live pups born weighing about 150 lbs and already 6 ft wide; mantas can live more than 50 years

Gestation with manta rays is just over a year with live pups born weighing about 150 lbs and already 6 ft wide; mantas can live more than 50 years

The Coral Triangle is the heart of the world's coral reef biodiversity, with Raja Ampat touted as the richest coral reef ecosystem in the world

The Coral Triangle is the heart of the world's coral reef biodiversity, with Raja Ampat touted as the richest coral reef ecosystem in the world

Blue triggerfish; this species has the ability to change its color depending on its mood, food, feeding and water quality from purple to blue and to bluish-green

Blue triggerfish; this species has the ability to change its color depending on its mood, food, feeding and water quality from purple to blue and to bluish-green

Ribbon and Oriental sweetlips; I've heard people talk about fish balls and now I think I understand what they meant!

Ribbon and Oriental sweetlips; I've heard people talk about fish balls and now I think I understand what they meant!

Clown triggerfish; this species has very strong jaws and broad teeth, perfect for eating its preferred prey, hard-shelled invertebrates like sea urchins, crustaceans, and mollusks

Clown triggerfish; this species has very strong jaws and broad teeth, perfect for eating its preferred prey, hard-shelled invertebrates like sea urchins, crustaceans, and mollusks

Brown-marbled grouper; this species, which can live more than 40 yrs, is carnivorous and its diet consists mainly of fishes, crustaceans and cephalopods, it is an ambush predator

Brown-marbled grouper; this species, which can live more than 40 yrs, is carnivorous and its diet consists mainly of fishes, crustaceans and cephalopods, it is an ambush predator

Pinnate spadefish; this inquisitive fish feeds on algae, jellyfish and gelatinous zooplankton and can grow to a length of 24 inches

Pinnate spadefish; this inquisitive fish feeds on algae, jellyfish and gelatinous zooplankton and can grow to a length of 24 inches

Clark's anemonefish; the boat had cans of Coke (but not Coke Zero) for sale during our journey so I didn't have to go through withdrawal

Clark's anemonefish; the boat had cans of Coke (but not Coke Zero) for sale during our journey so I didn't have to go through withdrawal

Bluespine unicornfish; the horn of this common Raja Ampat fish develops when it reaches a size of approximately 6 inches; they are quite social creatures and can live in large saltwater aquariums

Bluespine unicornfish; the horn of this common Raja Ampat fish develops when it reaches a size of approximately 6 inches; they are quite social creatures and can live in large saltwater aquariums

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