Pictures from Bali scuba diving, Indonesia: Manta Ray at Nusa Penida, Green Sea Turtle, and Seaweed pipefish.
Bali diving (Indonesia): Manta Ray (Manta birostris) at Manta Point, Nusa Penida. © Dirk Wuyts
Nusa Penida is an island southeast of Indonesia's island Bali. It is a bird sanctuary. Nusa Penida has a wide area of diving sites, including Penida Bay, Batu Lumbung (commonly known as Manta Point), Batu Meling, Batu Abah, Toya Pakeh and Malibu Point. Manta Point is renowned for the numerous opportunities it offers to see manta rays.
Manta Rays are the largest rays in the world. They have a short tail and no stinging spine. They are graceful swimmers. Manta Rays are harmless to people.
See also Southern Stingray.
Bali diving (Indonesia): nice Green Sea Turtle (Chelonia mydas). © Dirk Wuyts
The green sea turtle is a large, weighty sea turtle with a wide, usually lightly colored shell. It is named not for the color of its shell, but for the greenish color of its skin and fat. Weighing up to 700 pounds (317.5 kilograms) green turtles are among the largest sea turtles in the world.
Unlike other members of its family Cheloniidae, green sea turtle is mostly herbivorous, feeding on sea grasses and algae. Green turtles spend almost all of their lives under water. There were once several million green sea turtles worldwide. Today, fewer than 200,000 nesting females are thought to remain.
Bali diving (Indonesia): Seaweed pipefish (Syngnathinae). © Dirk Wuyts
Pipefishes are small fishes. The body is long and thin, and this makes the pipefish somewhat snakelike. Pipefishes are typically 35–40 cm in length.
Pipefishes look like straight-bodied seahorses with tiny mouths.Together with the seahorses, they form the family Syngnathidae.
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