It’s a beautiful sight; a Torch Coral garden, but it’s under stress. I encountered a mild bleaching event while visiting some island offshore reefs in Tomini Bay, the equatorial gulf which separates the Minahassa (North Sulawesi) and East Peninsulas of the island of Sulawesi in Indonesia. The Togian Islands lie near its center. To the east, the Gulf opens onto the Molucca Sea. It’s one of the most diverse coral zones in the world.
Once faced with the threat of extinction, this popular and threatened aquarium fish is nowadays quite protected in Indonesia, and appears to be thriving, as Vincent Chalias reports from a recent stopover in the Banggai archipelago.
SEXY SHRIMPS Volume 20, Number 2
I’ve seen Blue Tang in the wild on numerous occasions. But they get harder and harder to come by. Based in Bali, Indonesia, I often met a couple of adults or juveniles around here and there. But rarely found a healthy adult population. Like many people, I thought the aquarium industry was responsible for its disappearance. And to be honest, it is responsible for most of it, but not only.
Visit an exceptional Giant Clam Sanctuary in Central Indonesia.