Diving in Lembeh, Sulawesi, Indonesia - 2012
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Map of Lembeh Painted frogfish doriprismatica atromarginata halgerda batangas
Pteraeolidia ianthina Pteraeolidia ianthina Phyllidia varicosa Phyllidia varicosa


This is a selection of photos from our diving in the Lembeh straits, Sulawesi.

Sulawesi is one of the larger Indonesian islands and it has an usual 'K' shape.
Just off the east coast of the north-east peninsula is the island of Lembeh.
The Lembeh straits are well known for the diversity of (often quite small) marine life.


We also did some diving in the Bunaken National Marine Park, just off the west coast of the same peninsula
(but I didn't take many photos there).

Map of Lembeh

Painted frogfish A painted frogfish.


Frogfish are anglerfish - and notice how the fins have adapted to work like feet.

The area has a big variety of nudibranchs (sometimes called sea slugs).


"Nudibranch" means naked gills - as demonstrated in this example (the gills are the frilly structure on the top).


Doriprismatica atromarginata
doriprismatica atromarginata

halgerda batangas Halgerda batangas

A blue dragon nudibranch.

The animal is carrying plant material in its body, allowing it to gain energy (indirectly) through photosynthesis.

Pteraeolidia ianthina
Pteraeolidia ianthina

Pteraeolidia ianthina Another, bluer, blue dragon.

Pteraeolidia ianthina

Phyllidia varicosa Phyllidia varicosa

Phyllidia varicosa Phyllidia varicosa



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