• Photo by Rantje Allen

  • Photo by William Tan

  • Photo by Rantje Allen

  • Photo by William Tan

  • Photo by Rantje Allen

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Monthly Archives: February 2006

Another Endemic Specie

Yellow crown demoiselle (R)The list of undescribed and/or endemic species found in Gorontalo continues to grow. Miguel’s Diving can now show guests a recently discovered undescribed specie found only in northern Sulawesi and Tomini Bay. The Yellow crown demoiselle (Chrysiptera sp.) is commonly found in Gorontalo’s coral rich reefs. It is also quite easy to photograph. Distinguishing features include the broad yellow crown, yellow pectoral spot, and tiny black ear spot. One photographer this season photographed what we thought was another Yellow crown demoiselle. However, the picture shows an amazingly beautiful blue wash around the yellow crown. According to our international fish expert, this color pattern has never before been documented. Maybe it’s a Gorontalo crown demoiselle!

Hear Them Breathing

Guests from Taiwan, Japan, and Jakarta have seen multiple pods of both Bottlenose and Risso’s dolphins each day. Rarely seen elsewhere, Risso’s dolphins are resident in Gorontalo. They have distinctive white bodies with scaring, black dorsal fin, no nose, and are noticeably larger than Bottlenose. Today on the way to a dive site, a pod of nine Risso’s was sleeping on the surface. We could hear them breathing. At sunset right before the night dive, a pod of Bottlenose were jumping and tail-slapping. The sound of their exhales carried across the still water, colored red by the sunset.

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