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Pictures from Sipadan Island diving in Sabah (Borneo), Malaysia: tube worm, green turtle, and clown triggerfish.

Tube Worm, Sipadan Island diving
Tube worm, Sipadan Island diving in Sabah, Borneo.

Tube worms are marine invertebrates. A tube worm lives inside a long, narrow tube and possesses a retractable ‘plume’.
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Borneo is the fourth largest island in the world. The northern part (about 25 % of Borneo's land area) belongs to Malaysia. It is composed mainly of the Malaysian States of Sabah (east) and Sarawak (west). The small independent state of Brunei is also located on the north coast of Borneo. The southern part of Borneo belongs to Indonesia.

Sipadan Island is one of the best diving destinations in the world. It lies off the east coast of Malaysian Borneo in the Celebes Sea. Sipadan Island is also a bird sanctuary

In 2005, the resorts located on Sipadan Island were relocated in order to help protecting this exceptional marine and land ecosystem. Visitors may reach Sipadan from the nearby islands such as Mabul (20 min. with high speed boat) and Kapalai. Since then, a permit for diving or snorkeling at Sipadan has been introduced. The amount of divers is limited to 120 a day. The permits are divided among 12 dive resorts and tour operators. Since there could be as many as 600 guests in all the resorts together in peak season, divers have to book early and to stay several days (at least 4 days) at the resort.

Sipadan was made famous among other by Jacques Cousteau's film "Borneo: "The Ghost of the Sea Turtle" (1989).

Green Turtle, Sipadan diving in Malaysia
Green sea turtle, Sipadan Island diving in Sabah, Borneo.

Green and hawksbill turtles are frequently seen in the waters around Sipadan. The diet of the mature green turtle consists mostly of algae and sea grass.

Clown Triggerfish, Sipadan Island diving in Malaysian Borneo
Clown triggerfish (Balistoides conspicillum), Sipadan Island diving in Malaysian Borneo.

Clown triggerfish are attractive animals because they have a dramatic coloration. There are 40 species of triggerfish. Most of them are carnivore.


 

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Pictures from Sipadan Island diving in Sabah (Borneo), Malaysia: tube worm, green turtle, and clown triggerfish.