Raja Ampat, Indonesia

These pictures were made during 21 of 32 dives on an dive safari with MV Pindito between 14 and 25 march 2005 in Raja Empat on the tour Sorong-Misool-Sorong. I used a Nikon Coolpix 5400 in a Sea&Sea housing and a Subtronic Mini TTL underwater strobe and sometimes a fisheye converter. All pictures were made during daylight because the LED pilot light of the Subtronic mini was too weak for the Cooolpix' autofocus. There were much better situations but either the autofocus was too slow, the camera software crashed or the strobe akku was empty. :-( March 15 to 23, 2005, 105 photos.

Zodiac down under: The dive begins. Looking back to the Zodiac. — dive site Jamur at Wajil Batan Island, Raja Empat, Indonesia, Nikon Coolpix 5400, Subtronic Mini strobe, march 15, 2005. Nikon E5400, 1/138 s, F/5.0, 5.8 mm, ISO 50, Tuesday, March 15, 2005 00:13:24

Soft coral: A soft coral on a hard coral. — dive site Jamur at Wajil Batan Island, Raja Empat, Indonesia, Nikon Coolpix 5400, Subtronic Mini strobe, march 15, 2005. Nikon E5400, 1/125 s, F/7.8, 14.5 mm, ISO 50, Tuesday, March 15, 2005 00:19:37

Gorgony: The red branches of a gorgony white polyps. In the background the blue ocean. Dive site Jamur at Wajil Batan Island, Raja Empat, Indonesia. Nikon E5400, 1/125 s, F/3.5, 5.8 mm, ISO 50, Tuesday, March 15, 2005 00:23:01

Leather coral: A mushroom leather coral — dive site Jamur, Wajil Batan Island, Raja Empat, Indonesia, Nikon Coolpix 5400, Subtronic Mini strobe, march 15, 2005. Nikon E5400, 1/125 s, F/7.1, 5.8 mm, ISO 50, Tuesday, March 15, 2005 00:39:37

Soft corals: Some soft corals — Jamur, Wajil Batan Island, Raja Empat, Indonesia, Nikon Coolpix 5400, march 15, 2005. Nikon E5400, 1/125 s, F/5.0, 5.8 mm, ISO 50, Tuesday, March 15, 2005 00:44:35

Giant Clam: A giant clam shell that has grown together with the coral underground. Some believe that when you step with your foot into that shell, it closes and you'll never get out and drown. That's why it is sometimes called killer clam (M√∂rdermuschel) in german. Dive site Jamur, Wajil Batan Island, Raja Empat, Indonesia. Nikon E5400, 1/125 s, F/7.9, 5.8 mm, ISO 50, Tuesday, March 15, 2005 00:53:34

Anemone fish: Two clownfish in an anemone — Jamur, Wajil Batan Island, Raja Empat, Indonesia, Nikon Coolpix 5400, march 15, 2005. Nikon E5400, 1/125 s, F/7.8, 14.5 mm, ISO 50, Tuesday, March 15, 2005 00:55:10

Spiral Tubeworms: A stone coral with spiral tube worms and sea squirts — Jamur, Wajil Batan, Raja Empat, Indonesia, Nikon Coolpix 5400, march 15, 2005. Nikon E5400, 1/125 s, F/7.1, 5.8 mm, ISO 50, Tuesday, March 15, 2005 01:04:35

Dive up: At the end of the dive one climbs up into the Zodiac. — Jamur, Wajil Batan, Raja Empat, Indonesia, Nikon Coolpix 5400, March 15, 2005. Nikon E5400, 1/244 s, F/6.3, 5.8 mm, ISO 50, Tuesday, March 15, 2005 01:16:11

Swarm glass fish: A swarm of glass fishes in a coral reef — Dunia Kecil, Wajil Batan Island, Rajat Empat, Indonesia, Nikon Coolpix 5400, March 15, 2005. Nikon E5400, 1/125 s, F/5.0, 5.8 mm, ISO 50, Tuesday, March 15, 2005 11:23:25

Coral reef: Table corals on a dropoff. — Dunia Kecil, Wajil Batan Island, Rajat Empat, Indonesia, Nikon Coolpix 5400, March 15, 2005. Nikon E5400, 1/125 s, F/5.0, 5.8 mm, ISO 50, Tuesday, March 15, 2005 11:40:33

Bumphead bat fish: Two bumphead batfish — Dunia Kecil, Wajil Batan Island, Rajat Empat, Indonesia, Nikon Coolpix 5400, March 15, 2005. Nikon E5400, 1/41 s, F/4.4, 8 mm, ISO 50, Tuesday, March 15, 2005 11:51:06

Three clownfish: Three orange clownfish with three white stripes are swimming very nervously in their anemone. — Dunia Kecil, Wajil Batan Island, Rajat Empat, Indonesia, Nikon Coolpix 5400, March 15, 2005. Nikon E5400, 1/125 s, F/7.8, 14.5 mm, ISO 50, Tuesday, March 15, 2005 11:55:38

Coral trees: A little coral tree, a stone coral, a horn coral and a sea squirt. Nothing special but looks nice. — Dunia Kecil, Wajil Batan, Rajat Empat, Indonesia, Nikon Coolpix 5400, March 15, 2005. Nikon E5400, 1/126 s, F/5.6, 11.1 mm, ISO 50, Tuesday, March 15, 2005 12:09:51

Coral reef: Reeftop with fish — Dunia Kecil, Wajil Batan, Rajat Empat, Indonesia, Nikon Coolpix 5400, March 15, 2005. Nikon E5400, 1/256 s, F/6.3, 5.8 mm, ISO 50, Tuesday, March 15, 2005 12:16:43

Table coral: An underwater reef scene with a table coral — Dunia Kecil, Wajil Batan, Rajat Empat, Indonesia, Nikon Coolpix 5400, March 15, 2005. Nikon E5400, 1/180 s, F/5.0, 5.8 mm, ISO 50, Tuesday, March 15, 2005 12:17:58

Coral reef: Underwater reef scene with table corals and fish. — Dunia Kecil, Wajil Batan, Rajat Empat, Indonesia, Nikon Coolpix 5400, March 15, 2005. Nikon E5400, 1/127 s, F/4.4, 5.8 mm, ISO 50, Tuesday, March 15, 2005 12:19:20

Fern: Some kind of fern in a coral reef — Dunia Kecil, Wajil Batan, Rajat Empat, Indonesia, Nikon Coolpix 5400, March 15, 2005. Nikon E5400, 1/119 s, F/4.4, 5.8 mm, ISO 50, Tuesday, March 15, 2005 12:20:11

Pygmy Seahorse: A pygmy seahorse (Hippocampus Bargibanti). Because the poor animal has been flashed a houndred times before I only made one photo. — Dunia Kecil, Wajil Batan, Rajat Empat, Indonesia, Nikon Coolpix 5400, March 15, 2005. Nikon E5400, 1/157 s, F/5.0, 5.8 mm, ISO 50, Tuesday, March 15, 2005 12:25:42

Horn corals: Horn corals and a swarm fish beneath the water surface. — Dunia Kecil, Wajil Batan, Rajat Empat, Indonesia, Nikon Coolpix 5400, Fischaugen-Vorsatz, March 15, 2005. Nikon E5400, 1/81 s, F/5.2, 24 mm, ISO 50, Tuesday, March 15, 2005 15:17:53

Pygmy seahorse paparazzi: Photographers hunting for poor pygmy seahorses. — Dunia Kecil, Wajil Batan, Rajat Empat, Indonesia, Nikon Coolpix 5400, Fischaugen-Vorsatz, March 15, 2005. Nikon E5400, 1/61 s, F/7.3, 24 mm, ISO 50, Tuesday, March 15, 2005 15:24:26

Pygmy seahorse paparazzi: Photographers hunting for pygmy seahorses. Will these tiny seahorses soon wear sunglasses to protect their eyes from the many flashes and lamps? — Dunia Kecil, Wajil Batan, Rajat Empat, Indonesia, Nikon Coolpix 5400, Fischaugen-Vorsatz, March 15, 2005. Nikon E5400, 1/61 s, F/7.3, 24 mm, ISO 50, Tuesday, March 15, 2005 15:26:33

Underwater scene: Underwater reef scene with overhang — Dunia Kecil, Wajil Batan, Rajat Empat, Indonesia, Nikon Coolpix 5400, Fischaugen-Vorsatz, March 15, 2005. Nikon E5400, 1/61 s, F/7.3, 24 mm, ISO 50, Tuesday, March 15, 2005 15:27:45

Stone coral: Just a stone coral in a bed of horn corals in shallow water. — Dunia Kecil, Wajil Batan, Rajat Empat, Indonesia, Nikon Coolpix 5400, Fischaugen-Vorsatz, March 15, 2005. Nikon E5400, 1/91 s, F/5.8, 24 mm, ISO 50, Tuesday, March 15, 2005 15:49:08

Tube sponges: Underwater reef landscape with tube sponges — Dunia Kecil, Wajil Batan, Rajat Empat, Indonesia, Nikon Coolpix 5400, Fischaugen-Vorsatz, March 15, 2005. Nikon E5400, 1/90 s, F/7.3, 24 mm, ISO 50, Tuesday, March 15, 2005 15:59:47

Barrel sponge: Underwater reef landscape with a barrel sponge (Xestospongia testudinaria). — Dunia Kecil, Wajil Batan, Rajat Empat, Indonesia, Nikon Coolpix 5400, Fischaugen-Vorsatz, March 15, 2005. Nikon E5400, 1/58 s, F/5.2, 24 mm, ISO 50, Tuesday, March 15, 2005 16:05:07

Emperor angelfish: Front view of an emperor angelfish (Pomacanthus imperator) — Fiabajet Barat, Fiabajet, Raja Empat, Indonesia, Nikon Coolpix 5400, March 16, 2005. Nikon E5400, 1/125 s, F/7.6, 13.5 mm, ISO 50, Wednesday, March 16, 2005 08:15:46

Red toot trigger fish: A red tooth triggerfish (Odonis niger) and a cleaning wrasse. That's why it disappeared instantly in his hole when I came with my camera. — Fiabajet Barat, Fiabajet, Raja Empat, Indonesia, Nikon Coolpix 5400, March 16, 2005. Nikon E5400, 1/125 s, F/7.9, 11.1 mm, ISO 50, Wednesday, March 16, 2005 08:18:15

Partner shrimp: A Tosa partner shrimp (Periclimenes tosaensis) on an anemone, guarded by excited clownfish. — Fiabajet Barat, Fiabajet, Raja Empat, Indonesia, Nikon Coolpix 5400, March 16, 2005. Nikon E5400, 1/125 s, F/7.0, 11.1 mm, ISO 50, Wednesday, March 16, 2005 08:21:15

Neon nudibranch: A neon nudibranch (Nembrotha rutilans) — Fiabajet Barat, Fiabajet, Raja Empat, Indonesia, Nikon Coolpix 5400, March 16, 2005. Nikon E5400, 1/125 s, F/7.1, 5.8 mm, ISO 50, Wednesday, March 16, 2005 08:48:37

Pennant fish: A swarm of pennant fish (Heniochus intermedius) — Fiabajet Barat, Fiabajet, Raja Empat, Indonesia, Nikon Coolpix 5400, March 16, 2005. Nikon E5400, 1/125 s, F/4.9, 8 mm, ISO 50, Wednesday, March 16, 2005 11:19:04

Barracudas: A swarm of striped barracudas. Unfortunately the external strobe was empty (again) in just that moment. That's why there are no colours. — Fiabajet Barat, Fiabajet, Raja Empat, Indonesia, Nikon Coolpix 5400, March 16, 2005. Nikon E5400, 1/125 s, F/4.0, 5.8 mm, ISO 50, Wednesday, March 16, 2005 11:23:13

Skunk anemone fish: An anemone with a skunk anemone fish. Good that I was wearing a mask. — Fiabajet Barat, Fiabajet, Raja Empat, Indonesia, Nikon Coolpix 5400, March 16, 2005. Nikon E5400, 1/164 s, F/6.6, 12.6 mm, ISO 50, Wednesday, March 16, 2005 11:59:25

Coral Goby: A small coral goby (lat. Bryaniops loki) is sitting on a coral branch. — Fiabajet Barat, Fiabajet, Raja Empat, Indonesia, Nikon Coolpix 5400, March 16, 2005. Nikon E5400, 1/125 s, F/5.9, 12.6 mm, ISO 50, Wednesday, March 16, 2005 15:17:54

Dwarf Hawkfish: A dwarf hawkfish (lat. Cirrhitichtys falco) is sitting on a coral. Unfortunateyl this picture is photobombed by a piece of floating plankton in front of the camera. There was no chance for a second picture. — Fiabajet Barat, Fiabajet, Raja Empat, Indonesia, Nikon Coolpix 5400, March 16, 2005. Nikon E5400, 1/125 s, F/5.3, 17.8 mm, ISO 50, Wednesday, March 16, 2005 15:21:45

Dwarf Hawkfish: Another dwarf hawkfish (lat. Cirrhitichtys falco) which is sitting on a coral twig. This time with no plankton photobombing, but I like the previous picture much better. Nikon E5400, 1/125 s, F/5.8, 16.7 mm, ISO 50, Wednesday, March 16, 2005 15:24:27

Willan's Sea Slug: A pretty Willan's Sea Slug (lat. Chromodoris Willani) is creeping across a sponge. Nikon E5400, 1/125 s, F/7.4, 9.5 mm, ISO 50, Wednesday, March 16, 2005 15:50:54

Boring Clam: A pretty blue boring clam (lat. Tridacna crocea) in shallow water. Nikon E5400, 1/125 s, F/6.2, 14.5 mm, ISO 50, Wednesday, March 16, 2005 16:06:27

Damselfishes: These are probably some damselfishes hiding between the branches of a horncoral. Nikon E5400, 1/125 s, F/7.3, 16.7 mm, ISO 50, Thursday, March 17, 2005 08:56:51

Softcoral and Feather Seastar: A purple softcoral and a yellow feather seastar are stitting on top of another coral. Nikon E5400, 1/125 s, F/5.2, 9.5 mm, ISO 50, Thursday, March 17, 2005 09:02:06

Oriental Sweetlip: A pretty drawn oriental sweetlip. Dive site Femine Timor nearby Femin island, Raja Ampat, Indonesia. Nikon E5400, 1/125 s, F/7.8, 14.5 mm, ISO 50, Thursday, March 17, 2005 11:20:54

Lionfish 1: A lionfish swimming nicely with blue background and not turning its back towards the camera like all its other companions. Nikon E5400, 1/125 s, F/5.2, 6.5 mm, ISO 50, Thursday, March 17, 2005 15:31:13

Coral Hind: The colal hinds (lat. Cephalopholis miniata) are very shy in this region. One just has to think "Oh, picture" and they just swim away as fast as possible. Nikon E5400, 1/125 s, F/6.1, 10.3 mm, ISO 50, Thursday, March 17, 2005 15:33:59

Pufferfish: A map pufferfish (lat. Arothron mappa) gets cleaned by a cleaning wrasse. The cleaning stations are usually a good place for taking pictures, because the need to get cleaned is mostly bigger than the need to swim away from the camera. Nikon E5400, 1/125 s, F/5.2, 6.5 mm, ISO 50, Thursday, March 17, 2005 15:37:40

Spotted Hawkfish: A spotted hawkfish (lat. Cirrhitichthys aprinus) is sitting on the branches of a gorgony. Can you spot the pygmy seahores beside it? Unfortunately, there is none. Nikon E5400, 1/125 s, F/6.7, 17.8 mm, ISO 50, Thursday, March 17, 2005 15:48:14

Lobster: A big lobster is hiding in a crevice. Some like these animals rather on a plate with dip sauce, but I prefer taking pictures. Dive site Alibaba nearby Mesemta island, Raja Empat, Indonesia. Nikon E5400, 1/125 s, F/4.7, 17.8 mm, ISO 50, Friday, March 18, 2005 15:11:46

Whip Coral: A spiral shaped whip coral how one encounters it from time to time at steep cliffs. Dive site Alibaba nearby Mesemta island, Raja Empat, Indonesia. Nikon E5400, 1/125 s, F/7.9, 5.8 mm, ISO 50, Friday, March 18, 2005 15:19:40

Flatworm: A nicely coloured flat worm with a small fish. Sometimes they are mistaken as a nudibranch, but flatworms don't have gills. Dive site Alibaba nearby Mesemta island, Raja Empat, Indonesia. Nikon E5400, 1/125 s, F/7.9, 11.1 mm, ISO 50, Friday, March 18, 2005 15:25:11

Sea Slug: This nudibranch belongs to the class of Aeolidia, probably to the family of Flabellinidae, but I haven't found the proper name yet. Maybe blue dragon sea slug. Dive site Alibaba nearby Mesemta island, Raja Empat, Indonesia. Nikon E5400, 1/125 s, F/7.4, 9.5 mm, ISO 50, Friday, March 18, 2005 15:29:27

Clownfish: Foto shooting of Nemo's family in an anemone.Dive site Alibaba nearby Mesemta island, Raja Empat, Indonesia. Nikon E5400, 1/125 s, F/8.0, 11.8 mm, ISO 50, Friday, March 18, 2005 16:06:45

Fusiliers: A swarm of blue fusiliers with yellow fins. Dive site Batu Burung nearby Jef Fam island, Raja Empat, Indonesia. Nikon E5400, 1/125 s, F/5.0, 5.8 mm, ISO 50, Sunday, March 20, 2005 08:12:01

Elongate surgeonfishes: A group of elongate surgenofishes (lat. Acanthurus mata) feeding off horn corals. Dive site Batu Burung nearby Jef Fam island, Raja Empat, Indonesia. Nikon E5400, 1/125 s, F/5.1, 11.8 mm, ISO 50, Sunday, March 20, 2005 08:21:06

Elongate surgeonfishes: A swarm of elongate surgenofishes (lat. Acanthurus mata). Dive site Batu Burung nearby Jef Fam island, Raja Empat, Indonesia. Nikon E5400, 1/125 s, F/5.2, 9.5 mm, ISO 50, Sunday, March 20, 2005 08:24:02

Elongate surgeonfishes: A swarm of elongate surgenofishes (lat. Acanthurus mata). Dive site Batu Burung nearby Jef Fam island, Raja Empat, Indonesia. Nikon E5400, 1/125 s, F/4.2, 9.5 mm, ISO 50, Sunday, March 20, 2005 08:32:26

Giant Trigggerfish: This giant triggerfish (lat. Balistoides viridescens) is searching for food. They have a strong jaw and can even break stones. Dive site Batu Burung nearby Jef Fam island, Raja Empat, Indonesia. Nikon E5400, 1/125 s, F/4.4, 14.5 mm, ISO 50, Sunday, March 20, 2005 08:35:27

Trumpetfish: A trumpetfish between stone corals. Dive site Batu Burung nearby Jef Fam island, Raja Empat, Indonesia. Nikon E5400, 1/125 s, F/5.0, 5.8 mm, ISO 50, Sunday, March 20, 2005 08:39:23

Flatworm: Another nicely coloured flatworm. Dive site Batu Burung nearby Jef Fam island, Raja Empat, Indonesia. Nikon E5400, 1/125 s, F/7.6, 10.3 mm, ISO 50, Sunday, March 20, 2005 11:16:14

Sand Perch: A sand perch sitting on its favourite ground: sand. Dive site Batu Burung nearby Jef Fam island, Raja Empat, Indonesia. Nikon E5400, 1/125 s, F/7.6, 13.5 mm, ISO 50, Sunday, March 20, 2005 11:18:53

Yellow Banded Lipfish: A yellow banded lipfish hovering over a coral. Dive site Batu Burung nearby Jef Fam island, Raja Empat, Indonesia. Nikon E5400, 1/125 s, F/7.4, 12.6 mm, ISO 50, Sunday, March 20, 2005 11:20:59

Glassfish: A swarm of tiny glassfishes hovering above a horn coral, ready for instantly hiding between the branches. Dive site Batu Burung nearby Jef Fam island, Raja Empat, Indonesia. Nikon E5400, 1/125 s, F/7.4, 12.6 mm, ISO 50, Sunday, March 20, 2005 11:23:42

Clown triggerfish: A leopard or clown triggerfish on the ground. My strobe was a bit too strong so that the white sand is overexposed. Dive site Batu Burung nearby Jef Fam island, Raja Empat, Indonesia. Nikon E5400, 1/125 s, F/5.2, 9.5 mm, ISO 50, Sunday, March 20, 2005 11:29:16

Rain from below: This is how tropical rain looks from below the surface of the sea. Dive site Batu Burung nearby Jef Fam island, Raja Empat, Indonesia. Nikon E5400, 1/179 s, F/7.3, 24 mm, ISO 50, Sunday, March 20, 2005 11:52:58

Barracuda: Unfortunately just in that moment the battery of my Subtronic flash was empty again, so I couldn't flash this old Barracuda. Dive site Batu Burung nearby Jef Fam island, Raja Empat, Indonesia. Nikon E5400, 1/125 s, F/3.8, 7.2 mm, ISO 50, Sunday, March 20, 2005 12:01:57

Fischlouse: Ouch! This fish must probably have a headache. Two fishlice are sucking blood out of that poor fish. Dive site Batu Burung nearby Jef Fam island, Raja Empat, Indonesia. Nikon E5400, 1/125 s, F/6.9, 14.5 mm, ISO 50, Sunday, March 20, 2005 15:24:49

Anchovis: Where's my pizza? A swarm full of Anchovis. Nikon E5400, 1/125 s, F/3.5, 5.8 mm, ISO 50, Sunday, March 20, 2005 15:36:12

Mappa Pufferfish: A mappa pufferfish (lat. Arothron mappa) at a cleaning station. I wanted to take a picture of the cleaning wrasse doing its job, but didn't have time because the buddy didn't wait. Dive site Batu Burung nearby Jef Fam island, Raja Empat, Indonesia. Nikon E5400, 1/125 s, F/5.2, 16.7 mm, ISO 50, Sunday, March 20, 2005 15:50:05

Emperorfish: A pretty and colourful emperorfish. They don't like getting photographed. Dive site Batu Burung nearby Jef Fam island, Raja Empat, Indonesia. Nikon E5400, 1/125 s, F/4.9, 11.1 mm, ISO 50, Sunday, March 20, 2005 16:00:19

Partner Shrimps: Two parter shrimps (lat. Periclimenes colemani) are riding on a fire urchin (lat. Asthenosoma varium). The bigger one is the female. This picture is a crop because the macro capabilities of the Coolpix 5400 are limited to wideangle. One had to glue something on the glass port for shortest focust. Dive site Dinding Selatan nearby Sel Pelee island, Raja Empat, Indonesia. Nikon E5400, 1/125 s, F/7.8, 8 mm, ISO 50, Monday, March 21, 2005 08:12:46

Lionfish: A small lionfish is trying to hide on a sponge. Dive site Dinding Selatan nearby Sel Pelee island, Raja Empat, Indonesia. Nikon E5400, 1/125 s, F/5.5, 8 mm, ISO 50, Monday, March 21, 2005 08:16:18

Coral Goby: A small coral goby is sitting on top of a coral. Dive site Dinding Selatan nearby Sel Pelee island, Raja Empat, Indonesia. Nikon E5400, 1/125 s, F/7.2, 8.7 mm, ISO 50, Monday, March 21, 2005 08:22:46

Lobster: A big lobster accompanied by some cleaning shrimps is hiding in a crevice underneath a coral block. Dive site Dinding Selatan nearby Sel Pelee island, Raja Empat, Indonesia. Nikon E5400, 1/125 s, F/7.2, 8.7 mm, ISO 50, Monday, March 21, 2005 08:24:40

Wart Slug: This little nudibranch is a wart slug (lat. (Phylidiella rudmani). Dive site Dinding Selatan nearby Sel Pelee island, Raja Empat, Indonesia. Nikon E5400, 1/125 s, F/7.9, 5.8 mm, ISO 50, Monday, March 21, 2005 08:38:36

Lionfish: A small lionfish sitting on a barrel sponge. I probably should have repositioned the strobe and shot another picture or tried another angle, because the head is partially in shadow. Dive site Dinding Selatan nearby Sel Pelee island, Raja Empat, Indonesia. Nikon E5400, 1/125 s, F/6.3, 5.8 mm, ISO 50, Monday, March 21, 2005 08:41:02

Sea Slug: A pretty dorid nudibranch (lat. Chromodoris kuniei). Strobe light is from back to front. With that underwater housing and strobe I couldn't place it close enough to the port for that short distance required for macro photography with the Nikon Coolpix 5400. Dive site Dinding Selatan nearby Sel Pelee island, Raja Empat, Indonesia. Nikon E5400, 1/125 s, F/6.3, 5.8 mm, ISO 50, Monday, March 21, 2005 08:47:30

Mantis Shrimp: A mantis shrimp is finally coming out of its hole. I was probably waiting a quarter hour for taking this picture. Dive site Dinding Selatan nearby Sel Pelee island, Raja Empat, Indonesia. Nikon E5400, 1/125 s, F/7.6, 13.5 mm, ISO 50, Monday, March 21, 2005 11:23:01

Mantis Shrimp: A mantis shrimp is looking out of its hiding place underneath a tree trunk. Dive site Dinding Selatan nearby Sel Pelee island, Raja Empat, Indonesia. Nikon E5400, 1/125 s, F/5.1, 11.8 mm, ISO 50, Monday, March 21, 2005 11:31:53

Sepia: A sepia well carmouflaged. It can instantly copy the colour and texture of the underground. Dive site Dinding Selatan nearby Sel Pelee island, Raja Empat, Indonesia. Nikon E5400, 1/125 s, F/7.2, 11.8 mm, ISO 50, Monday, March 21, 2005 11:37:47

Pipefish: A brown striped pipefish (lat. Corythoichtys amplex). Dive site Dinding Selatan nearby Sel Pelee island, Raja Empat, Indonesia. Nikon E5400, 1/125 s, F/7.1, 5.8 mm, ISO 50, Monday, March 21, 2005 15:03:02

Lionfish: A lionfish with antennas and german emperor Wilhelm I. beard. Dive site Dinding Selatan nearby Sel Pelee island, Raja Empat, Indonesia. Nikon E5400, 1/125 s, F/5.8, 16.7 mm, ISO 50, Monday, March 21, 2005 15:12:36

False Cleaning Wrasse: A false cleaning wrasse looking out of its hole for the next victim. Dive site Dinding Selatan nearby Sel Pelee island, Raja Empat, Indonesia. Nikon E5400, 1/125 s, F/7.3, 24 mm, ISO 50, Monday, March 21, 2005 15:16:58

Harlequin Ghost Pipefish: A ornate ghost pipefish or harlequin ghost pipefish (lat. Solenostomus paradoxus) is swimming in front of a gorgony. The wite twigs on the bottom are from a feather seastar. Dive site Dinding Selatan nearby Sel Pelee island, Raja Empat, Indonesia. Nikon E5400, 1/125 s, F/7.2, 11.8 mm, ISO 50, Monday, March 21, 2005 15:26:23

Pygmy Seahorse: Unfortunately the head of this pygmy seahorse is in the shadow and it looks away from the camera. Dive site Dinding Selatan nearby Sel Pelee island, Raja Empat, Indonesia. Nikon E5400, 1/125 s, F/7.0, 11.1 mm, ISO 50, Monday, March 21, 2005 15:42:05

Pygmy Seahorse: A pygmy seahorse sitting on the branches of a gorgony. Unfortunately it also is looking away from the camera. I didn't have enough bottom time left for taking a better picture. Dive site Dinding Selatan nearby Sel Pelee island, Raja Empat, Indonesia. Nikon E5400, 1/125 s, F/7.0, 8 mm, ISO 50, Monday, March 21, 2005 15:45:50

Coral Reeef: A coral reef on top of an overhang. Divers are underneath and air goes through the porous rock. Dive site Dinding Selatan nearby Sel Pelee island, Raja Empat, Indonesia. Nikon E5400, 1/125 s, F/2.8, 5.8 mm, ISO 50, Monday, March 21, 2005 15:55:16

Triplespot blenny: A triplespot blenny (lat. Crossosalarias macrospilus) is looking out of its favourite hiding place. Dive site Dinding Selatan nearby Sel Pelee island, Raja Empat, Indonesia. Nikon E5400, 1/125 s, F/5.2, 24 mm, ISO 50, Monday, March 21, 2005 16:02:26

Seastar: This pretty coloured seastar is sitting on a gold-mouth sea squirt (lat. Polycarpa aurata). Maybe it is trying to digest it or it is just coincidence. Dive site Dinding Selatan nearby Sel Pelee island, Raja Empat, Indonesia. Nikon E5400, 1/125 s, F/5.0, 5.8 mm, ISO 50, Monday, March 21, 2005 16:04:13

Seasnake: The seasnake is the most venomous snakes of the world. Fortunately its teeth are very small and it is not aggressive at all. Dive site Dinding Selatan nearby Sel Pelee island, Raja Empat, Indonesia. Nikon E5400, 1/125 s, F/5.7, 15.6 mm, ISO 50, Tuesday, March 22, 2005 08:31:53

Nudibranch: Two nudibranches (lat. Chromodoris dianae) side by side. Dive site Dinding Selatan nearby Sel Pelee island, Raja Empat, Indonesia. Nikon E5400, 1/125 s, F/7.2, 8.7 mm, ISO 50, Tuesday, March 22, 2005 08:49:13

Nudibranch: Another two nudibranches having underwatersex. Dive site Dinding Selatan nearby Sel Pelee island, Raja Empat, Indonesia. Nikon E5400, 1/125 s, F/7.2, 8.7 mm, ISO 50, Tuesday, March 22, 2005 15:11:44

Flatworm: This is a blue flatworm. Dive site Dinding Selatan nearby Sel Pelee island, Raja Empat, Indonesia. Nikon E5400, 1/125 s, F/7.2, 8.7 mm, ISO 50, Tuesday, March 22, 2005 15:17:52

Razorfish: A swarm of razorfish is imitating seagrass. Dive site Dinding Selatan nearby Sel Pelee island, Raja Empat, Indonesia. Nikon E5400, 1/125 s, F/4.2, 12.6 mm, ISO 50, Tuesday, March 22, 2005 15:34:53

Headshield Slugs: Two headshield slugs (lat. Chelidonura amoena) chasing each other through the reef. Dive site Dinding Selatan nearby Sel Pelee island, Raja Empat, Indonesia. Nikon E5400, 1/125 s, F/7.4, 12.6 mm, ISO 50, Tuesday, March 22, 2005 15:46:15

Pipefish: A pipefish swimming between sea squirts. Dive site Dinding Selatan nearby Sel Pelee island, Raja Empat, Indonesia. Nikon E5400, 1/125 s, F/7.6, 10.3 mm, ISO 50, Tuesday, March 22, 2005 15:50:39

Coral Reef: Underwater reefscape with big snail in the foreground. Dive site Manta Ridge nearby Mansuar island, Raja Empat, Indonesia. Nikon E5400, 1/125 s, F/6.5, 24 mm, ISO 50, Wednesday, March 23, 2005 08:20:56

Reef with Current: Yes, there is a strong current. Next time I probably take a reef hook with me. But when there is current there should be big fish. Dive site Manta Ridge nearby Mansuar island, Raja Empat, Indonesia. Nikon E5400, 1/125 s, F/4.6, 24 mm, ISO 50, Wednesday, March 23, 2005 08:29:26

Manta with Remora: Finally, they came. A manta stingray with a remora suck underneath is gliding over the reef. Dive site Manta Ridge nearby Mansuar island, Raja Empat, Indonesia. Nikon E5400, 1/125 s, F/5.2, 24 mm, ISO 50, Wednesday, March 23, 2005 08:45:46

Black Manta with Beat: A black manta accompanied by yellow pilot fish is gliding over the reef. As you can see, the current is pretty strong. One has to hold with one hand and the bubbles are blown away. Dive site Manta Ridge nearby Mansuar island, Raja Empat, Indonesia. Nikon E5400, 1/125 s, F/4.6, 24 mm, ISO 50, Wednesday, March 23, 2005 08:47:41

Black Manta: A black manta with pilot fish is soaring over the reef and circling around us two strange bubbles and noise making neoprene fish. Dive site Manta Ridge nearby Mansuar island, Raja Empat, Indonesia. Nikon E5400, 1/125 s, F/4.6, 24 mm, ISO 50, Wednesday, March 23, 2005 08:53:45

Black Manta: A black manta is getting closer. Unfortunately the visibility wasn't that great so I had to enhance the contrast in this image. Dive site Manta Ridge nearby Mansuar island, Raja Empat, Indonesia. Nikon E5400, 1/125 s, F/5.2, 24 mm, ISO 50, Wednesday, March 23, 2005 08:53:50

Manta: The black manta shortly after it came closest. I was so in awe that I forgot to take a picture when it was just half a meter away. Maybe next time. Dive site Manta Ridge nearby Mansuar island, Raja Empat, Indonesia. Nikon E5400, 1/125 s, F/4.6, 24 mm, ISO 50, Wednesday, March 23, 2005 08:54:06

Black Manta: A black manta soaring in back light over the reef. Dive site Manta Ridge nearby Mansuar island, Raja Empat, Indonesia. Nikon E5400, 1/125 s, F/7.3, 24 mm, ISO 50, Wednesday, March 23, 2005 08:57:30

Manta: Two mantas are swimming over the reef. Unfortunately too far away for my fisheye lens. Dive site Manta Ridge nearby Mansuar island, Raja Empat, Indonesia. Nikon E5400, 1/125 s, F/7.3, 24 mm, ISO 50, Wednesday, March 23, 2005 09:02:28

Fish Soup: A swarm of small glassfish. Dive site Manta Ridge nearby Mansuar island, Raja Empat, Indonesia. Nikon E5400, 1/125 s, F/4.6, 24 mm, ISO 50, Wednesday, March 23, 2005 11:13:38

Manta: Another manta is soaring over the reef. Dive site Manta Ridge nearby Mansuar island, Raja Empat, Indonesia. Nikon E5400, 1/125 s, F/5.2, 24 mm, ISO 50, Wednesday, March 23, 2005 11:35:31

Beat: My buddy was pretty happy after this final dive with mantas. Dive site Manta Ridge nearby Mansuar island, Raja Empat, Indonesia. Nikon E5400, 1/125 s, F/7.3, 24 mm, ISO 50, Wednesday, March 23, 2005 12:14:00