Sipadan, off the northeast coast of Borneo, is well-known for turtles. There are also many whitetip reef sharks, bumphead parrotfish and many other species. The wall offshore drops straight off to two thousand feet from chest-deep water, a great place for a beach dive.
Green sea turtle, Chelonia mydas
We saw turtles on just about every dive. People told us the number of turtles had declined and there used to be more, but for us they were really easy to find and photograph. The third photo shows Charlotte moving in for a shot.
Whitetip reef shark, Triaenodon obesus
We saw plenty of sharks but they did not get too close. The exception was on our checkout dive where a shark swam in with a school of jacks. The jacks rubbed against the coarse skin of the shark to remove parasites. Unfortunately we were not allowed to take our cameras on the checkout dive.
Bumphead parrotfish, Bolbometopon muricatum
These huge bumphead parrotfish, Bolbometopon muricatum, were sleeping in nooks in the wall just in front of the resort. They were there for several nights and then they were all gone.
Clark's aneomonefish, Amphiprion ckarkii, and closeup with eggs
False clown anemonefish, Amphiprion ocellaris
More clownfish with their anemones.
Six-banded angelfish, Pomocanthus sexstriatus
Bigeye trevally, Caranx sexfasciatus
Titan triggerfish, Balistoides viridescens
Island goatfish, Parupeneus insularis
Common lionfish, Pterois volitans
Spotfin lionfish, Pterois antennata
Pyramid butterflyfish, Hemitaurichthys polylepis
Bignose unicornfish (dark phase), Naso vlamingti
Anthias, Pseudanthis sp.
Blue and yellow fusilier, Caesio teres
We saw butterflys, triggerfish, lionfish, and many more around Sipadan.
We found nudibranchs like this one along the wall in front of the resort.
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