It’s no longer a secret that the Komodo, Indonesia, holds one of the richest and diverse marine population in the world. Over one thousand species of fishes and 250 species of coral reefs make up the underwater life in this part of Coral Triangle. Thanks to the Indian and Pacific ocean that spread in both sides of Komodo, streamlining nutrient-rich waters packed with planktons. The result is an explosion of colours; vibrant coral population with teeming fish swimming all around the water. However, one should not forget what happens on the ocean floor, where beauty lies on the details. Beneath what seems like soft sediment base and algae, small ocean creatures creeps undetected. Muck diving in Komodo might not be as big as venturing the iconic Batu Bolong or swimming with Manta, but it’s certainly an enthralling adventure to do in this spellbinding destination.
Muck Diving Komodo: Weird and Wonderful Creatures
The bottom of the ocean hold secret life of tiny creatures. Here are what Komodo has to offer in the hunt of weird and wonderful macro life on their diving trip to Komodo:
No muck diving would be complete without the tiny, bright, and colourful nudibranch. Nudibranchs are also known as the sea-slugs—but their appearance is far from boring from the land-slugs we know. They are known to display some of the brightest and strangest combination of colour; like purple-brown, brick orange-deep green, red-yellow, and many else! Their striking appearances are like glinting diamonds in the sands, however they are so small and well-camouflaged so you have to keep your eyes peeled to find them among the ocean litters.
You might expect a mini version of cuttlefish, yet pygmy cuttlefish is actually a mollusc. Their body resembles cuttlefish, however, therefore the name.
Blue Ringed Octopus
One of the most venomous critters, the blue ringed octopus is the prima donna of muck diving lovers. They are quite common in Indonesia and spotting them on Komodo diving adventure is relatively easy.
You would think wunderpus is another made-up words from tumblr-style wanderer travelers, but it’s actually the name of an actual creature. Named after a German word meaning “a wonder”, wunderpus is a tiny octopus with long, thin arms. It’s often haves orange-ish colour with striking white bands or sports all over the body. Much like its relative the mimic octopus, wunderpus has the ability to mimic other marine animals and change its colour when feeling threatened.
Another master of camouflage, the decorator crabs loves to use anything to accessorise itself and avoid getting eaten. Their favourite ornaments are pieces of seaweeds, corals, rocks, and even scavenging other small animal around its habitat. They are experts of disguise, which is why spotting them could be a real challenge! The decorator crabs are one of marine animals who surely know how to create a stunning fashion statements!
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Muck Diving Spots in Komodo
The underwater of Komodo is more on big fishes and coral displays. However, Komodo has two beautiful muck diving sites to visit; Siaba Besar and Wainilu.
Beneath the savannah-covered island, the Siaba Besar is sanctuary for tiny ocean creatures. This site is a great combination of coral reefs and sandy bottom, which makes an amazing muck dives. Siaba besar is a sheltered bay so divers could conduct extensive investigation if the macro-life without getting disturbed by strong drifts.
The gem of muck diving in Komodo, Wainilu is the perfect spot if you want to find all the tiny creatures listed above. Wainilu mainly consist of sloping sands and soft coral reefs which gives impression of nothing when you first descend down here. But once you get closer, you will realize that the sand is so alive with so many fascinating critters!