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Sunset from our villa.

Green Turtles, digging

out from the hatch nest.

And there's more!

Heading to the water.

And more! Mocha, one of

the resort cat adoptees

required forcible removal

at this point.

Years later.

Have gone from less than

two inches to three feet.

Turtles everywhere,

heading to the birth

beach area.

You can never have too

many turtles....

And more--some were

over three feet long

Turtle.

Yep, it's another turtle.

Tiny soft coral crab,

smaller than a dime.

Soft coral crab, sticks

little pieces of soft coral

on itself for camouflage.

Orang Utang Crab,

maybe an inch wide. The

"hairy" algae on it also

acts as a disguise.

Two of them, see the little

red eyes.

Porcelain Crab, size of a

quarter.

Crinoid Squat Lobster.

Not the eating kind.

Possibly an inch long.

Blue Ring Octopus.

Blue Ring Octopus.

Small, lethally venomous

bite.

Blue Ring Octopus.

About four inches wide,

bite contains tetrodotoxin

which causes breathing

failure.

Breathing failure also

causes loss of life....

Supposedly one of these

little critters has enough

tetrodotoxin to kill fifteen

adult humans.

Don't use bare hands to

move into camera range!

Pygmy Seahorse--maybe

1/2inch long.

Not the easiest to find in

a camera viewfinder.

Pennant Bannerfish

Pennant Bannerfish,

three inches.

Moorish Idols feeding in a

small school.

Moorish Idols, all over the

Pacific from the

Galapagos to Australia.

Schooling Catfish.

Hundreds of them, about

four inches long.

Not catfish, Convictfish.

Same black and white

coloration and behavior

as the catfish, but

smaller.

Convictfish. Mimic the

much bigger Catfish

(which are toxic and

unpalatable).

Pair of Crocodile fish.

Hideous water clarity.

Bartels Dragonet, 1-1/2

inches.

Squirrelfish

Spotted Hawkfish. All

Hawkfish have the little

"fingers" on the dorsal

fin spines.

Comet Fish. A real little

skulker, found by my wife

Ray deep under a dark

and gloomy ledge.

I then spent ten minutes

waiting for it to come out

just to get these two

shots. Probably not rare,

but very seldom seen.

Clown Anemone fish

Orange Striped Anemone

fish.

Sometimes known as

"Skunk Anemone fish".

The female is the bigger

one

Spinecheek Anemone

fish.

Spinecheek Anemone

fish. The female is the

larger one to the left.

Siladen Resort and Spa. Siladen Island,

Indonesia March 2020

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This was a very curtailed trip to a lovely destination, The Siladen Resort and Spa on

Siladen Island in the Bunaken Marine Park, North Sulawesi Indonesia. What started

as a two week trip became a one week with a very short notice "get home now" on

Friday March 20th at 5.45am local. That night we were in Singapore and heading

home, right before the international airlines pretty much shut down.

We had a wonderful time in our short stay. The resort is managed by Ana and Miguel

who are the most perfect of hosts.  The accommodations and food are first class--as

are Ana and Miguel.  It was a difficult time for us and others who had the same

problems getting back to Europe and the USA while flights were being cancelled on an

hourly basis. Ana and Miguel went very much beyond the call of duty to get all of us

home.

Impressively, they "give back" to the local community of some 300 people living on

the island.  Helping build a library for the school, paying for veterinary care for the

stray dogs and cats. Ray and I were very touched by what they did  and made a

contribution for the animal care.

It's fair to say that Siladen Island is the Green Turtle capital of the world. Seeing

fifteen or more on a dive was the norm. The highlight was a turtle nest on their beach

hatching right after dinner.  Tiny turtles digging out of the sand and scampering to

the sea.  Ana and Miguel have made a difference by educating the people who live

there in the importance of conservation.  Standing on the beach with newly hatched

turtles running around (and over) your bare feet is an experience!  We certainly want

to return.

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