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Fantastic Blue Magic is Raja Ampat dive finale

Massive school of bigeye trevally; Blue Magic is often listed as the favorite Raja Ampat dive site of veteran divers so we did our last two dives here

Massive school of bigeye trevally; Blue Magic is often listed as the favorite Raja Ampat dive site of veteran divers so we did our last two dives here

Juvenile crocodilefish; it's interesting that the adults are camouflaged so they can surprise their prey yet the juveniles are black and stand out so much

Juvenile crocodilefish; it's interesting that the adults are camouflaged so they can surprise their prey yet the juveniles are black and stand out so much

I had never seen a sea cucumber walking until this one; notice the small black appendages which appeared to be working much like feet; I'm simplifying the action but the appearance was astounding

I had never seen a sea cucumber walking until this one; notice the small black appendages which appeared to be working much like feet; I'm simplifying the action but the appearance was astounding

Bubble coral; the bubbles are grape-sized which increase their surface area according to the amount of light available: they are larger during the day, but smaller at night

Bubble coral; the bubbles are grape-sized which increase their surface area according to the amount of light available: they are larger during the day, but smaller at night

Giant moray eel; Jakarta is supposedly the fastest sinking city in the world which is one reason a plan to relocate the capital to Kalimantan on the island of Borneo was developed last year

Giant moray eel; Jakarta is supposedly the fastest sinking city in the world which is one reason a plan to relocate the capital to Kalimantan on the island of Borneo was developed last year

Blackfin barracuda; this was the only blackfin barracuda I saw; they supposedly can stay at the same site for months or years at a time

Blackfin barracuda; this was the only blackfin barracuda I saw; they supposedly can stay at the same site for months or years at a time

Here's another tasselled wobbegong that I swam right over and didn't notice; I'm not used to big creatures that are stationary and so well-camouflaged

Here's another tasselled wobbegong that I swam right over and didn't notice; I'm not used to big creatures that are stationary and so well-camouflaged

The currents can be tricky with the Blue Magic dive so we did negative entries where you start immediately swimming down when entering the water; divers run the risk of getting caught in a current and missing the dive site

The currents can be tricky with the Blue Magic dive so we did negative entries where you start immediately swimming down when entering the water; divers run the risk of getting caught in a current and missing the dive site

Phyllidia elegans nudibranch; there are huge reference books that have nothing but species of nudibranch; they are small but with such vivid colors that I can see why divers love them

Phyllidia elegans nudibranch; there are huge reference books that have nothing but species of nudibranch; they are small but with such vivid colors that I can see why divers love them

I loved this photo because it looks like the map puffer is either chopped in half or half buried in the sand;  of course, it's just an optical illusion due to the way the fish was swimming

I loved this photo because it looks like the map puffer is either chopped in half or half buried in the sand; of course, it's just an optical illusion due to the way the fish was swimming

Bumphead parrotfish; this guy was quite curious and swam right up to me which helped greatly in getting his photo; this vulnerable species can grow to 5 ft long

Bumphead parrotfish; this guy was quite curious and swam right up to me which helped greatly in getting his photo; this vulnerable species can grow to 5 ft long

The bigeye trevally is commonly found in large slow moving schools during the day, becoming active at night when it feeds, taking a variety of fish, crustaceans, cephalopods and other invertebrates

The bigeye trevally is commonly found in large slow moving schools during the day, becoming active at night when it feeds, taking a variety of fish, crustaceans, cephalopods and other invertebrates

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