The unexplored reefs of Papua New Guinea are astonishing. Very much covered covered in an amazing diversity of life. This short video shows one of the hardest to film and most beautiful fish in the ocean. This the Ghost Pipefish. There are many different varities of this this fish in the video, Robust, Halimedia, as well as the Ornate Ghost Pipefish. They are extremely sensitive to light, so filming these wonderful creatures is quite difficult. I hope you enjoy it.
Andrew Miners is the explorer/visionary who led the team which built Misool Eco Resort ("MER") -- one of the planet's extraordinary scuba diving destinations. This unabridged, 45-minute interview of Miners was conducted at Miners' office at MER in Misool, Raja Ampat, Indonesia.
MIners first visited the Raja Ampat area in 2002, when there was only one dive resort, in the northern area, and one dive liveaboard visiting the area only periodically. Miners began exploring the practically pristine area for dive sites, and discovered that the area south of Misool Island was uniquely beautiful. About the same time, he fell in love with his Swedish wife, Marit, an anthropologist, and the two began their marriage during the early construction of the Misool EcoResort, which took two years to build on a small island (Batbitim) that Miners had carefully chosen using specific criteria. It was not only stunningly beautiful, it was 5 to 10 minutes from some of the best diving on the planet.
In the interview, Miners explains MER's conservation initiatives, which include cooperating with local clans to create large "no take zones," which through scientific studies have been demonstrated to increase the biomass and health of the already spectacular coral reef ecosystems of Raja Ampat. Indeed, MER is one of the planet's very few diving operations in the midst of its own large (2200 square kilometers) no take zone. The concept can be conceived almost as a "Noah's Ark" device -- in which elements of ecosystems are preserved so that they can be disseminated to areas ravaged by overfishing and other habitat destruction. Thus, among many other things, the practices being refined at MER are highly relevant to global food security policy. All this will be of the utmost concern during the Great Oceanic Crisis of the mid-21st Century.
All the scenes in this film were shot over the course of three separate scuba dives at the same dive site. The site, named "Magic Mountain," is an Oceanic Manta Ray cleaning station. It was one of the first spectacular sites discovered by the British diver/explorer, Andrew Miners, when he was searching for the ideal locale to build a cutting edge diving destination -- now named Misool EcoResort. Miners and his colleagues have enhanced the biomass and health of the spectacularly biodiverse southeast Misool Raja Ampat area by working with local clans to enforce a "no take zone" covering 1220 square kilometers. This safe zone, now known as the Misool Marine Protected Area, is seen as a model for preserving fish, coral and other populations found in coral reef ecosystems.
The enchanting music accompanying this film is Boards of Canada's "Kid for Today."