September 20, 2004

Cuttlefish and Turtle nursery

Sangalaki is breeding ground for turtles. About a dozen turtles come each night to lay eggs and a hundred babies hatch from each nest about 50 days later and crawl directly to the ocean. Sangalaki Dive Lodge historically established a baby turtle nest adoption program where divers could act as sponsors by buying eggs from collectors. At the time the program was founded the indonesian government was allowing egg collectors to dig up every nest and sell eggs for human consumption throughout Asia. Fortunately this has stopped since january 2002 and Ron, founder of the Sangalaki Dive Lodge should be thanked for establishing such a program that probably avoided the island from being emptied from turtles.

Indeed, turtles usually return to exactly the same beach where they themselves were born in order to lay their own eggs. Thus the importance of preserving the natural habitat.

As for the cuttlefish nursery, this is just because we had a couple of cuttlefish guarding a coral head that was filled with eggs. The cuttlefish were quite cooperative (well, as cooperative as can be a fish that does not run away) and I was able to take a few interesting shots (good for practice)

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'Lighthouse' Pseudoceros sp. ? Giant frog fish - Antennarius commersoni - Close-up of a giant frog fish - Antennarius commersoni - eye Close-up of a giant frog fish - Antennarius commersoni - pole Thecacera picta, polyceridae nudibranch A tiny mandarin fish baby hiding between coral branches Broad club cuttlefish - Sepia latimanus - Broad club cuttlefish - Sepia latimanus - Broad club cuttlefish - Sepia latimanus - Broad club cuttlefish - Sepia latimanus - eggs Broad club cuttlefish - Sepia latimanus - Baby turtles hatching and immediatly crawling to the sea Baby turtles hatching and immediatly crawling to the sea Baby turtles hatching and immediatly crawling to the sea Baby turtles hatching during the day are released at night to increase their meager chance of surviving Baby turtles hatching during the day are released at night to increase their meager chance of surviving

 
Posted by stephane at September 20, 2004 03:30 PM
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I'm trying to contact the photographer of the hatching sea turtles. Our non-profit foundation publishes the journal IGUANA (conservation of reptiles) and we need a single photo for an article we are publishing in June. Credits will be given.

In a time crunch for this.

Thank you for any assistance.

Regards,

John Binns

Posted by: John Binns on May 21, 2005 10:40 PM