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Sel Pele Bay is known for spectacular critter dives such as Dinding Seletan and Kebung Kerang.
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Sel Pele Bay is the macro photography diving capital of Raja Ampat. This is where divers can find all the weird, wonderful and rare critters that Indonesia diving is famed for. It is a very large bay on the western site of Waigeo Island. The inner bay is used for pearl farming.
On the outer, south side of the bay is Dinding Seletan dive site. A vertical wall slopes off to a sandy bottom with patches of coral, sea fans and sponges. Sea cucumbers and urchins are scattered around but closer inspection should reveal an abundance of critters. Look out for various different cephalopods including mimic octopus which are happy to move openly over the sand knowing that they can deter predators by imitating another creature, rather than hiding in the coral as most octopuses do. Blue ring octopus are also present, their bright orange rings with brown centers act as a warning of their extreme venom, which seems disproportionate to their small size.
Also a diver favorite is the tiny bobtail squid because of its rarity and its beautifully colored body. Bobtail squid are usually found on the sandy bottom. Also look on the sand and rubble patches for ribbon eels and for mantis shrimps plus a myriad of gobies, blennies, shrimps and nudibranchs. Stick pipefish look just like a twig on the sandy bottom but closer inspection shows their snout upwards, feeding in the current. Other pipefish include ornate and robust ghost pipefish. It is always worth checking every gorgonian sea fan for pygmy seahorses. Also look in anemones for porcelain crabs and in fire urchins for zebra crabs.
Another dive site in the Sel Pele bay is Kebung Kerang which is located off the south side of a small island that sits in the mouth of the bay. A steep sloping reef down to 40 meters has impressive hard and soft corals, gorgonians and sea squirts, feather stars and sea whips. Schools of fusilier, snapper and surgeonfish predominate. Nudibranchs are also numerous.
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