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Some surprises on Black Rock dive in Raja Ampat

Epauletter (walking) shark; sorry but this was the best photo I took; check out the first episode of BBC's documentary Shark which shows this sharks ability to walk on land!

Epauletter (walking) shark; sorry but this was the best photo I took; check out the first episode of BBC's documentary Shark which shows this sharks ability to walk on land!

This photo, taken by my Malaysian dive partner on his GoPro, shows the amazing underwater visibility; I'm also envious of the colors and clarity in his photo

This photo, taken by my Malaysian dive partner on his GoPro, shows the amazing underwater visibility; I'm also envious of the colors and clarity in his photo

Black Rock is a famous Raja Ampat dive site distinguished by gorgeous soft coral gardens and schooling fish; this is an immense dive site on the west coast of Kawe Island worthy of more than just one dive

Black Rock is a famous Raja Ampat dive site distinguished by gorgeous soft coral gardens and schooling fish; this is an immense dive site on the west coast of Kawe Island worthy of more than just one dive

Black-velvet angelfish; I had never seen this species before as it is uncommon and only lives in central Indonesian waters

Black-velvet angelfish; I had never seen this species before as it is uncommon and only lives in central Indonesian waters

Amazingly, 75% o all coral species (more than 600 species of hard coral alone) in the world live in Raja Ampat; whales even live here! (we saw water from whale blowholes several times)

Amazingly, 75% of all coral species (more than 600 species of hard coral alone) in the world live in Raja Ampat; whales even live here! (we saw water from whale blowholes several times)

With more than 267 million people, Indonesia is the world's 4th most populous country as well as the most populous Muslim-majority country; Java, the world's most populous island, is home to more than half of the country's population

With more than 267 million people, Indonesia is the world's 4th most populous country as well as the most populous Muslim-majority country; Java, the world's most populous island, is home to more than half of the country's population

Clark's anemonefish; these guys always look so happy yet they fiercely guard their territories; they've been known to nip at divers that get too close

Clark's anemonefish; these guys always look so happy yet they fiercely guard their territories; they've been known to nip at divers that get too close

Longnose butterflyfish; being territorial, this species patrols its patch of coral with a monogamous partner; emitting sounds through complicated body movements is one technique they use to advertise territorial boundaries

Longnose butterflyfish; being territorial, this species patrols its patch of coral with a monogamous partner; emitting sounds through complicated body movements is one technique they use to advertise territorial boundaries

More than 1700 species of reef fish live in Raja Ampat; the area also has rare dugongs (which we didn't see) and dolphins (which we did see)

More than 1700 species of reef fish live in Raja Ampat; the area also has rare dugongs (which we didn't see) and dolphins (which we did see)

This moray eel looked gigantic since this is just part of his middle curled under a ledge; he never moved and I wasn't going to provoke him to see his true length

This moray eel looked gigantic since this is just part of his middle curled under a ledge; he never moved and I wasn't going to provoke him to see his true length

Posted by VagabondCowboy 03:26

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