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The 65 coolest sea creatures of Indonesia

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The diversity of Indonesia's underwater world is amazing. Today we want to introduce you to the 65 coolest fish, sea snails, octopus and crustaceans from Indonesia's seas.

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The strange and wonderful fish of Indonesia

1 | Seahorse

English name: Sea Horse - Subject name: Hippocampus

The seahorses belong to the group of fish, even if they hardly look like that with their small fins and upright posture.

A specialty of the seahorses is that the male carries the offspring. When mating, the female injects the eggs into a sack on the male's stomach, where they are fertilized.

The mother gives the food (yolk) for the offspring, the father is responsible for carrying around, breathing and protecting. After almost two weeks, many small seahorses are released from the sack into the sea.

In seahorses, the male carries the offspring

2 | Puffer fish

English name: Pufferfish - Subject name: Tetraodontidae

The common feature of the 200 or so puffer fish species is that they are in danger inflate can. If you think of it as a balloon, you are wrong, because the fish fills with water, not with air.

The puffer fish have an enlargement of the stomach into which they can pump water. Instead of dandruff, there is her body covered with small spines, which now stand up and serve as barbs.

So it is hardly possible for the predator to swallow the fish. It is important that the fish are not inflated for "fun". If your dive guide wants to do this, please stop him.

For the fish, the inflation is with great stress connected and they are more vulnerable afterwards. Outside of the water, they could become inflated with air and suffocate.

A school of puffer fish on a night dive

3 | Sky gazers or star gazers

English name: Stargazer - Subject name: Uranoscopidae

Another quirky ground dweller that can be found in Indonesia's waters is the sky-gazer.

You can usually only see your face sticking out of the sand and you can hardly imagine that a rather large fish is hiding under it.

Buried in the sand, they wait for their prey, although some of their species also use a fishing rod like the frogfish.

The stargazer waits buried in the sand for prey

4 | Dwarf seahorses or pygmy seahorses

English name: Pygmy Seahorse - Subject name: Hippocampus

Not only are pygmy seahorses small versions of large seahorses, but they differ in other characteristics as well.

As a diver in Indonesia, this is what you see most often Bargibanti dwarf seahorse, this lives in Sea fans and camouflages itself there excellently.

Other species also stay in a gorgonian for life and wait there for a partner. Others move back and forth between corals and algae, but are just as small, less than an inch in length.

The pygmy seahorse is perfectly camouflaged

5 | Flight cock

English name: Flying Gurnard - Subject name: Dactylopterus volitans

The flying cock belongs to the family of Gurnards. Like all gurnards, he lives on the ground and can one Growling sound give away.

He is particularly distinguished by his enlarged pectoral fins, which he uses for swimming and which look more like wings than fins.

The fins of the flying cock are reminiscent of wings

6 | Mantara

English name: Manta Ray / Subject name: Mobula

Mantas are among the largest and most impressive underwater creatures snorkelers and divers encounter in Indonesia.

The smaller ones are more common in Indonesia Reef Mantasthat can span up to 5.5 meters while it's the Giant mantas even manage up to 7 meters. The best chances of meeting the gentle giants are in the Komodo National Park, Raja Ampat and around Nusa Penida.

Manta rays and divers in Indonesia

7 | Blue spotted rays

English name: Blue Spotted Stingray / Subject name: Taeniura lymma

These nicely spotted rays can often be seen on the sandy bottom or near reefs.

In contrast to the giant manta rays, they only grow to around 70 cm. They have hidden in their tail two poison stings. But you don't have to be afraid of them, because they are not aggressive towards people. Accidents are more likely near the beach when bathers step on rays hidden in the sand.

Blue spotted rays in Indonesia

8 | Whitetip and blacktip reef sharks

English name: White and Black Tip Reef Shark - Subject name: Triaenodon obesus / Carcharhinus melanopterus

In the coral reefs near the coast, where divers and snorkelers cavort, the most common sharks are white and blacktip reef sharks.

Unlike other shark species that always have to swim to breathe, reef sharks can water pump through the gills. This is the best way to find them during the day lying under rocks or corals.

The two types are easy to distinguish; the whitetip reef shark one white tip on the dorsal fin and the blacktip reef shark a black one.

The most common sharks spotted while diving and snorkeling in Indonesia are white and black tip reef sharks

9 | Epaulette shark

English name: Walking Shark - Subject name: Hemiscyllium

Epaulette sharks are only found in a few regions of the world and are very local there.

In the photo is a young Halmahera epaulette shark (Hemiscyllium halmahera) to see who the region around Halmahera and Ternate inhabited.

These sharks move walking on the fins hidden among soft corals, hence the English name.

Adult specimens of this nocturnal sharks swim too. Another species can be found in Raja Ampat to be watched.

Young epaulette sharks move "walking" on their fins

10 | Fringed carpet shark

English name: Tasseled wobbegong - Subject name: Eucrossorhinus Dasypogon

You can usually find this funny shark lying under corals, he being very well camouflaged and many a diver swims past it.

It owes its name to the flattened body shape and the frayed scraps of skin on the head. The shark becomes more active at night and hunts animals living on the sea floor.

The fringed carpet shark is very well camouflaged

11 | Whale shark

English name: Whale Shark - Subject name: Rhincodon typus

Whale sharks are likely on most divers' “to see” lists. The safest option to see them in Indonesia is in the Cenderawasih Bay in Raja Ampat. There the sharks cavort below fishing platforms, where they eat fallen items.

Otherwise it will take a lot of luck to meet the giants. The best opportunities are in the rest of Raja Ampat and Gorontalo.

Despite their size, whale sharks are completely harmless because they prefer to feed on plankton.

The beautiful giants of the seas

12 | Sunfish

English name: Sunfish - Subject name: Mola Mola

The sunfish is a huge, floating disc with fins.

As heaviest bonefish do they prefer it cold in contrast to the whale sharks described above. They can be seen in areas with cold currents; in the summer months in Bali and with a lot of luck in Alor or Komodo.

Mola Mola sighting in Alor

13 | Buffalo head parrotfish

English name: Bumphead Parrotfish - Subject name: Bolbometopon muricatum

Buffalo heads are the largest of the Parrot fish with a length of up to 1.5 meters.

The bizarre fish usually frolic in groups and nibble on corals. These are in the fish processed into sand and excreted again as perfectly white sand.

This is not about detrimental to the reef, but rather important for his health. Without the parrot fish, the corals would grow algae and eventually even die.

A good opportunity to spot buffalo heads is early in the morning at the Liberty Wreck in Tulamben, Bali.

Like most fish, buffalo heads play an important role in the marine ecosystem

14 | Barracuda / pike

English name: Barracuda - Subject name: Sphyraenidae

Barracudas are particularly impressive when we divers encounter a whole school of them.

Sometimes the fish form one species tornadowhen they swim in circles. So keep looking away from the reef into the blue water, there you could spot barracudas as well as other large creatures.

The best dive sites for barracudas are here Steep wallssuch as can be found in Wakatobi, Derawan, Bunaken and of course Raja Ampat.

15 | Lionfish

English name: Lionfish - Subject name: Pteroinae

In the Caribbean are these magnificent fish unwanted guestsbecause they were brought in and are eating away at the reefs.

In Indonesia, however, they are part of a healthy reef. Nevertheless, caution is advised during an encounter, the spines in the fins are poisonous. This is how the fish defend themselves against predators.

When it comes to lionfish, keep your distance!

16 | Frogfish / toad fish

English name: Frogfish - Subject name: Antennariidae

There are nearly 50 different species of frogfish, only a handful of which are regularly found by divers.

This can be on coral reefs or in the sand where they are Master of Disguise are easier to find. Most of the time you sit around somewhere and lure you with one fishing rod possible prey. The fishing rod is formed from a part of the dorsal fin, usually it even has a thickening at the tip that serves as a bait.

When the prey is close enough, the frogfish opens its mouth wide and literally sucks in the food.

Frogfish are easier to spot in the sand than on the reef, where they camouflage themselves well

17 | Scorpionfish / scorpion fish

English name: Scorpionfish - Subject name: Scorpaena

The scorpionfish family includes 60 different species of bottom-dwelling fish.

These are very popular with divers for a variety of reasons. They look pretty, it is not easy to find them, and it is possible to swim close without them moving away.

Similar to the frogfish, the scorpionfish camouflage themselves on the seabed and wait for the prey, but without luring them with a bait.

When swimming by, the dragon heads can only be seen at second glance

18 | Fringed dragon head

English name: Rhinopias - Subject name: Rhinopias

A special species of scorpionfish deserves special mention here. The fringed dragon head looks particularly pretty with its bright colors and, as the name suggests, a fringed appearance.

These fish are a sought-after motif, especially with underwater photographers. Indonesia offers some of the best dive sites to find fringed scorpion fish in Lembeh, around Bali (Padangbai and Tulamben), as well as on Ambon and Alor.

Fringed scorpionfish are very popular with underwater photographers

19 | Stonefish

English name: Stonefish - Subject name: Synanceiidae

Stonefish are often confused with scorpion fish because they sit around similarly camouflaged on the sea floor.

The Poison the stonefish is much stronger than that of the scorpionfish and can even be dangerous to humans.

The best way to distinguish the two is on the head, because the head shape of the stone fish is more rounded, the eyes are sunken and the mouth is more curved downwards, which makes it look very dissatisfied.

The downward arched mouth makes the stonefish look pretty sad

20 | Boxfish

English name: Box Fish - Subject name: Ostraciidae

These little fish look totally cute with their short fins and seemingly clumsy movements. They are related to the ballfish and filefish. According to their name, the fish are of this genus square shaped by solid bone plates.

Different species of boxfish can be found on coral reefs or over seagrass fields. Also the Cowfish with their horns belong to this family.

The peculiarity of the box fish is their square shape

21 | Cleaner fish

English name: Cleaner Fish - Subject name: no

There are many different cleaner fish, the name does not refer to a fish family, but to their function.

you are essential for the health of the other fishas they care for wounds and remove parasites.

Often the cleaner fish stay with so-called Cleaning stations and the fish willing to clean go there for skin care.

These stations are particularly suitable for viewing larger fish such as sharks and manta rays.

A cleaner fish at work

22 | Anemonefish (nemo)

English name: Clownfish - Subject name: Amphiprion

These pretty, orange fish became world famous through the movie “Finding Nemo”. They live in symbioses (i.e. a community in which both benefit) Anemones together, with the poisonous anemones providing shelter for the fish and the fish keeping the water around the anemone moving.

Anemonefish are bad swimmers and could hardly escape their predators by swimming. The largest fish in an anemone is always the female. Does it die the strongest male develops into a female within a week.

Nemos live in a symbiosis with anemones

23 | Juvenile Emperor Angelfish

English name: Juvenile Emperor Angelfish - Subject name: Pomacanthus imperator

Some fish have juvenile forms that are much more colorful and showy than the adults. These are particularly popular subjects for underwater photographers.

For example, the emperor angelfish changes from dark blue with concentric circles to yellow-blue striped within the first two years of life. It used to be thought that there were two different types of fish.

Emperor Angelfish before the transformation

24 | Mandarinfish

English name: Mandarin fish - Subject name: Synchiropus splendidus

For the beautifully colored mandarin fish, it is worth diving over hard corals at dusk. At this time the males try through one dance to impress potential partners.

When it has found a female, the two swim up together over the corals a few times. When ready, they swim a little higher, release sperm and eggs into the water, and then immediately disappear back into the corals.

The beautifully colored mandarin fish

25 | Ship owner

English name: Remora - Subject name: Echeneida

The head of these fish is flattened and roughened. With the area that is created, he clings to large fish, so they can do it without much effort to cover long distances.

They also feed on Food waste from their hosts and possibly from parasites. Sometimes divers encounter a free-swimming ship owner. This is a good sign because it may only have just drained off a large fish such as a shark.

However, ship owners sometimes try to hold on to divers. This is not a problem, but it is also not particularly pleasant if the fish finds bare skin.

A ship owner also uses divers as a means of transportation

26 | Titan or giant triggerfish

English name: Giant Triggerfish - Subject name: Balistoides viridescens

These fish are popular with divers unpopular to feared. There are many stories of bitten ears or severed tubes. Whether these are true remains to be seen.

What is certain is that these fish aggressively defend their clutch, also against divers. They are peaceful outside of the breeding season.

As a diver, it is important to see if there are other fish in the vicinity of a giant triggerfish. If so, then it is harmless. If not, and the triggerfish swims around nervously, then it is better to avoid the unfriendly comrade.

The nests are defended in the shape of a funnel, so as a diver you should swim away from the nest as close to the bottom as possible.

Giant triggerfish are unpopular or even feared by divers

27 | Long-snouted coral guardian / tufted perch

English name: Longnose Hawkfish - Subject name: Oxycirrhites typus

The coral guardian family includes small fish that lie on corals, leaning on their pectoral fins.

The long-snouted coral guardian is especially pretty with his Plaid patternthat is in Sea fans stops.

Usually a male lives with several females in one harem together. Exactly the opposite of the anemonefish, the coral guardians are only females and can transform themselves when the male dies.

The mongoose likes to hang out in gorgonians

28 | Partner goby or guardian goby with popcorn

English name: Shrimp Goby - Subject name: Gobiidae

There are over 1000 different gobies that live on the ocean floor, on corals or in caves.

The partner goby is particularly exciting with her roommate, to watch the pop cancer. The two live in one symbiosiswith the crab digging a hole and the goby guarding the entrance.

If danger threatens, the goby wiggles its tail, causing the crab to stay in the hole. If the danger increases, the goby hides in the hole.

A guardian goby with its roommate, the popcorn

29 | Well builders or pine fish

English name: Jawfish - Subject name: Opistognathidae

These fish build up vertical corridors in the sand and quickly retreat to their den when danger threatens. This makes it very difficult for divers to get a close look at them.

Most of the time you only get to see a small hole in the ground. Most of these fish take special care of their offspring, so will the eggs in the father's mouth hatched. During this time the fish will not eat.

30 | Ghost moray or nasal moray

English name: Ribbon Eel - Subject name: Rhinomuraena quaesita

Of the multitude of moray eels that can be observed in Indonesia, the ghost moray is one of the prettiest.

Young animals are black and masculine, then they are for a few years blue and masculine. When they have reached their maximum size at just over a meter, then they will yellow and feminine.

After laying eggs, the female dies, which is why it is very seldom seen.

The ghost moray changes color several times in the course of its life

31 | Tube eel

English name: Garden Eel - Subject name: Heterocongrinae

Tube eels are particularly impressive because they are in Colonies Life. A garden of eels sways to and fro in the current of the water.

When you get closer to them, they retreat into their holes. They dig these with their specially shaped, hard tail.

There is also a gland with a secretion that solidifies the walls of the cavity and prevents it from collapsing.

Colony of tube eels

32 | Pipefish

English name: Pipefish - Subject name: Syngnathinae

Pipefish are long, slender fish, which includes seahorses.

The English name Pipefish refers to a subfamily of pipefish. These fish look like elongated seahorses. They suck in small crustaceans with their long, tubular mouth.

To do this, they use a special technique with which they one very high suction speed reachable. Most of the pipefish are bad swimmers and mainly or exclusively use the dorsal fin for this purpose.