Marine Life

Wakatobi Resort and Pelagian Dive Yacht

It’s dusk. Pairs of brilliantly colored mandarinfish meet and align themselves belly to belly. They begin an intricate mating ritual, spiraling upward in choreographed precision on their way to consummation. This spectacle takes place hundreds of times each evening at the site known as Magic Pier, and it can be witnessed by taking a week-long cruise on the dive yacht Pelagian throughout the Wakatobi islands in SE Sulawesi, Indonesia.

Wakatobi Resort and Pelagian Dive Yacht

Clownfish lay their eggs in batches on coral or rock next to the sea anemone that they call home. They can lay up to 1,000 eggs or more in one go. The male, and sometimes the female, will guard and fan the eggs for 6-8 days until they hatch. Clownfish are all born males and the dominant male of a group will turn female when the female of that group dies. This Clark’s anemonefish was found guarding his eggs on the Wakatobi House Reef.

Wakatobi Resort and Pelagian Dive Yacht

A painted frogfish mimics the texture and coloration of a white sponge as it waits for an unsuspecting fish or crustacean to move within striking range. Frogfish can also slowly change their skin color and texture to near perfectly match their surroundings, in this case, the sponge. It’s no wonder they are so hard to find!

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