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Manta Rays at Komodo Island

Whilst photographing and revealing the coral reefs of Komodo, we were lucky to encounter about 20 Manta Rays swimming in the strong currents here to feed on plankton.

The government of Indonesia has recently banned fishing of Mantas, resulting in the world's largest protected area for these migratory animals.

French photographer Greg Lecoeur joined us on this dive to capture the curious Mantas interacting with our SVII-S camera.
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I went to Minorca on holiday back in August, and stroked a stingray, thinking that a stingray and Manta ray were the same animals!!! I got stung....
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Thriving Marine Ecosystems in Indonesia

Our team currently photographing and revealing the coral reefs of Indonesia are being treated to a colourful assortment of marine life. 

Indonesia is part of the 'Coral Triangle', a region famous for its high levels of marine biodiversity, and you can see why in this intricate photograph of the vibrant life on an Indonesian coral reef.
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Revealing Indonesia

The SVII camera glides past some large and impressive mounds of coral at Amed, Bali. This area of Bali attracts many scuba divers for its wealth of coral and marine life. 

One of the methods for promoting scuba diving tourism here has been to install artificial reef structures in the area. You can read about our team's experience of Bali in the latest news from the field:
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perfect!! good work! :-)
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Pre-dive brief at 'The Drop-off'

Divers converse before starting their dive at a site known as 'The Drop-off', located at the southern end of Tulamben Bay, Bali. This dive site is at the opposite end of the bay to the famous USAT Liberty shipwreck and is known for its abundance of marine life.

Read about our team's experience of diving in Tulamben here:
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Cyclone Ita is currently hitting the northern part of the Great Barrier Reef - Ita is a slow moving category 5 cyclone which is likely to cause extensive damage to the reefs we surveyed in 2012.

Good luck Queensland. It's due to hit land later today with up to 300Km/h winds.
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keep safe and always alert wat happen to are nature!!
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Komodo Dragons

We have reached the Island of Komodo in Indonesia, the largest of a cluster of islands between Sumbawa and Flores, which are not just known for their coral reefs but also for being the only homes of the Komodo Dragon. 

These heavily-built predators are the largest lizards in the world. They are very fast runners on land, reaching speeds of 18 km/h, and are reasonably good at swimming at well.
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their toxin is the reason why they're still walk on our earth in our age. They should be gone just like the dinosaur. But i'm glad, that komodo is belongs to my beloved country indonesia
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Pre-dive check of the SVII-S

Our team in Indonesia are using the SVII-S, our latest version of the SVII camera series built specially for rapid deployment. Because the SVII-S doesn't have an underwater scooter, it can house the same game-changing technology but in a lighter package, which can be transported by only 1-2 divers.

Here Christophe is performing the pre-dive check on the SVII-S under the watchful gaze of a local tank porter.
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Re: "Live-as-a-part-of-Nature" - the 2014 Lunocet Tail Propulsion Foot-Fins ($1250) - there are six speeds, adjustable while you swim (2:42 min.)

This is extraordinary beautiful for freediving and SCUBA augmented with these Foot-Fins along with tactile feedback for mimicking the physiology of the Dolphin Kick and glide up to 8 mph.

So I'm curious to know if there is any interest in trying the Lunocet Tail Propulsion Foot-Fins for the SVII-S camera system?

The device clamps on to the feet, which are kept together, and when you kick, the tail flexes. Instead of just relying on your legs to push the water out of the way and thereby provide propulsion, the Lunocet acts more like an airplane wing and actually provides an airfoil-style “lift” which pushes you along.

The Lunocet is a device which models the millions of years of evolution in the dolphin tail by replicating the geometry, scale, and morphology dynamics of what is called the Lunate tail propulsor (biologist Sir James Lighthill noted the crescent moon shape of caudal fins of fish and flukes of whales hence the term lunate). The Lunocet is a biomimetic (mimicking biology) lunate tail propulsor which addresses with fine detail the secrets of efficiency and power of fast swimming dolphins.
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Life on the Wreck

After 51 years on the seabed, the structure of the USAT Liberty shipwreck at Tulamben is now covered in colourful marine life. 

Shipwrecks are reclaimed by nature when they sink to the ocean floor and can become home to a whole ecosystem of corals, sponges, reef fish, and other marine life. The structure of the ship becomes a substrate for organisms to attach to and provides a habitat for life on these artificial reefs to proliferate. 
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Balinese Hospitality

One of our teams has arrived in Tulamben, on the island of Bali in Indonesia, to photograph and reveal the coral reefs. Tulamben is a very popular diving location because the wreck of the USAT Liberty lies just offshore.

The local community here is thriving and appreciates the value of their underwater environment. The iconic tank porters gave us a hand with our diving equipment.

Read more about our experience in Tulamben here:
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I did my dive intro to the Liberty wreck! :-) Great place.
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Time-lapse: Coral displacing sediment

Another brilliant sequence from University of Queensland Marine Biologist Daniel Stoupin's recent edit featuring corals captured by a time-lapse camera. This short clip shows how a healthy coral can excavate itself from layers of sediment - this may occur after a storm event pushes sand over the reef. 

You can see the full video here:
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The Catlin Seaview Survey is a global science and communication project - recording and revealing our rapidly changing oceans.

The world’s reefs are in a dramatic state of decline - we’ve lost over 40% of corals over the last 50 years due to pollution, destructive fishing and climate change. According to the scientific community the decline is set to continue, it will affect 500 million people globally who rely on coral reefs for food, tourism income and coastal protection.

In response to this issue, the Catlin Seaview Survey is creating a baseline record of the world’s coral reefs, in high-resolution 360-degree panoramic vision. It will enable change to be clearly monitored over time and will help scientists, policy makers and the public at large to see and understand the issues reefs are facing and work out what needs to be done to best protect coral reefs now and into the future.

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