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BC: From Raja Ampat to Kimbe Bay Photographed from the eastern and western sides of the second largest island in the world, PAPUA pays homage to New Guinea's pristine coral reefs, dramatic fish congregations and primeval underwater landscapes. This is a journey to the edge of the civilized world, where the sun falls into the sea.

FC: Where the Sun Falls into the Sea | By Tony Cherbas | PAPUA

2: Copyright 2012 by the author, Tony Cherbas. The book author retains sole copyright to the entire book's words and images. Nothing from this book may be reproduced without expressed written permission from the author.


4: Diveguide, Digger, watches a Silver Tip Shark come in for a closer look. | The shadow of the MV Febrina looms over a sponge patch in the early morning.

7: The neon rhinophores of this nudibranch (sea slug) have sensory receptors to help it find food.

9: Andrea looks through a "window" in the reef. | Whip Coral Shrimp | Spadefish

10: A large school of Blackfin Barracuda turn in a widening gyre. | A school of Red Pinjalo Snapper moves along the reef.

13: A Gray Reef Shark cruises just below the surface looking for food.

14: A Blenny peaks out from a hole in the coral to see if the coast is clear. | This Tiny Cryptic Squat Lobster has arms five times as long as its body.

17: A curious Hawksbill Turtle flies in close to inspect a strange bubble making creature.

18: Elephant Ear Sponge, Kimbe Bay.

19: Soft Corals and Sea Fans, Kimbe Bay.

20: The Candy Crab (right) is perfectly camouflaged and resides in the vibrant soft coral trees found along the reef (left/below).

22: These graceful Manta Rays are often found around "cleaning stations", where smaller fish pick parasites from their body and gill rakers.

26: Andrea explores the underwater landscapes of Lolobau Island.

29: A coral encrusted ledge found in a cave, Raja Ampat. | This tiny Imperial Shrimp lives on a blue Starfish.

30: Sea Whips

31: Frogfish

32: The "man in a gray suit" stops by for a visit. | Going to school: according to the "oddity effect", Peter would be preferentially targeted by larger predators.

34: A Moray Eel waits in the coral for passing prey.

36: The wreck of the Mitsubishi A6M Zero Fighter still has its machine guns attached to the wings.

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