Some of the planet’s most rich and beautiful landscapes lie beneath the ocean’s surface.

From the deep sea to beautiful coral reefs the ocean’s rich and diverse ecosystems are home to some of the planet’s most extraordinary species.

Today, we are going to take you to a place treasured for its “muck diving” and the remarkable species that call it home!

On this edition of Saturdays Around the World, we head to the Lembeh Strait, a renowned diving destination in Indonesia off of North Sulawesi island.

It’s difficult to fully describe the wonders that call the mucky sea floor home. It turns out, some of the sea’s most strange beautiful creatures make their home here. Marvelous species with names like cat sharks, snowflake moray eels, pygmy seahorses, harlequin ghost pipefish, starry blennies, toothy gobies, and hairy frogfish all live in the strait.

It’s a world of remarkable evolution, mind boggling camouflage, and fascinating symbiosis. It’s difficult to even describe some of these unique and almost alien creatures! I consider myself quite the nature nerd and I had never heard, let alone seen, most of these species!

So, grab your favorite snack or beverage and dive in to explore this magical place…

We share this planet with some remarkable creatures, don’t we?

There are so many magnificent places like the Lembeh Strait across the planet, all home to equally as incredible species!

We really do live in an amazing world, and the more we know about it the more we can cherish and protect it. If we want to preserve this planet for generations co come we first have to convince and show people that it is worth saving!

A critical piece of that conservation puzzle is exposing people, particularly young people, to the wonders of this planet!

This is how we will make a difference in the future, and how we will become stewards of this remarkable world we too call home.

Stay beautiful & keep laughing!

-Liesl

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Notes:

  1. “Mucky Secrets (full) – The Marine Creatures of the Lembeh Strait.” Bubble Vision. YouTube, 01 Sept. 2014. Web. 05 Dec. 2016. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nJMZ6reOB0E>.

Liesl Ulrich-Verderber

COO Ever Widening Circles

Liesl is a camera-toting traveler, a global story seeker, and an aspiring—but more often floundering—yoga lover. She can be found on Instagram @Liesl.UV