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1) Surprisingly, Indonesia’s most famous dive site is also a playground for whales and dolphins (commentary)
27 June 2017 / Heike Iris Vester & Ricardo F. Tapilatu
Indonesia’s Raja Ampat is famous for its corals. Turns out, the dive site is also a major transit point for rare whales and dolphins — but we know very little about them. The views expressed are those of the author.
Bottlenose dolphins in Raja Ampat. Photo by Heike Iris Vester / Ocean Sounds.
Raja Ampat — an island chain in Indonesia’s West Papua province — is world renowned for its beautiful and unique marine biodiversity. But its marine mammals have not received as much attention.
Half of the 31 whale and dolphin species found in all of Indonesia — 16 different types — have been regularly observed there. However, a designated long-term study of the behavior of whales and dolphins there has yet to be conducted. We don’t know much about them; more to the point, we don’t know how to effectively protect them.
This post is a commentary. The views expressed are those of the author, not necessarily Mongabay.