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Mike's Point dive in fantastic Raja Ampat, Indonesia

Giant moray eel; Indonesia is the largest archipelagic country in the world, extending 3,181 mi from east to west and 1,094 mi from north to south

Giant moray eel; Indonesia is the largest archipelagic country in the world, extending 3,181 mi from east to west and 1,094 mi from north to south

I had never seen a feather duster floating in the water before; these fan worms only move if displaced so I hope this one was able to find a new home

I had never seen a feather duster floating in the water before; these fan worms only move if displaced so I hope this one was able to find a new home

Juvenile whitespotted wrasse; sadly, this attractive fish is often sold in the aquarium trade but is difficult to get to eat and usually dies from starvation

Juvenile whitespotted wrasse; sadly, this attractive fish is often sold in the aquarium trade but is difficult to get to eat and usually dies from starvation

Pink and black sea cucumber; about twenty tube feet in a ring around the mouth are modified into feeding tentacles; this species is dried and eaten in Indonesia and China

Pink and black sea cucumber; about twenty tube feet in a ring around the mouth are modified into feeding tentacles; this species is dried and eaten in Indonesia and China

Mike's Point, named for Max Emmer's son, is one of the iconic dive sites in Raja Ampat; located in the Dampier Strait, off the island of Kerupiar, it required careful planning due to fierce currents

Mike's Point, named for Max Emmer's son, is one of the iconic dive sites in Raja Ampat; located in the Dampier Strait, off the island of Kerupiar, it required careful planning due to fierce currents

Orange banded coralfish; this species is in the butterflyfish family and eats mainly sponges while growing to about 8 inches long

Orange banded coralfish; this species is in the butterflyfish family and eats mainly sponges while growing to about 8 inches long

Oriental and ribbon sweetlips; in some areas, you're happy to see one of these but in Raja Ampat there were always large schools; when solitary, they will hide under ledges and inside crevices

Oriental and ribbon sweetlips; in some areas, you're happy to see one of these but in Raja Ampat there were always large schools; when solitary, they will hide under ledges and inside crevices

The area around Mike's Point was bombed during WW2 as Kerupier Island, surrounded by strong currents, was mistaken for a Japanese warship; underwater the marine life is prolific with superb hard coral and a gorgonian fan garden

The area around Mike's Point was bombed during WW2 as Kerupier Island, surrounded by strong currents, was mistaken for a Japanese warship; underwater the marine life is prolific with superb hard coral and a gorgonian fan garden

Three spot angelfish; this species lives in a harem composed of two to seven females for a single male; it's a territorial fish and eats mainly sponges and tunicates

Three spot angelfish; this species lives in a harem composed of two to seven females for a single male; it's a territorial fish and eats mainly sponges and tunicates

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