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Between April 2009 and September 2011 Jurgen and Stella Freund undertook an 18 month photojournalistic expedition into the heart of the Coral Triangle, to investigate the connections between the wildlife and peoples of this region, and the threats they face. The project was partially supported by WWF, and more than 2000 pictures from the project are available from Nature Picture Library. The Coral Triangle lies between Indonesia, the Philippines and New Guinea and is the world's greatest centre of marine biodiversity. This gallery presents a cross-section of the amazing riches of this varied collection, and more specific image sets are available on request.


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Aerial view of a coastal island with white sand beaches, Palawan, Philippines, May 2009.  -  Juergen Freund
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Juergen Freund / Aerial view of a coastal island with white sand beaches, Palawan, Philippines, May 2009.
Split level of snorkeler over coral reef on white sandy seabed contrasting with dry topside landscape in background, Komodo NP, Indonesia, August 2009. Model released.  -  Juergen Freund
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Juergen Freund / Split level of snorkeler over coral reef on white sandy seabed contrasting with dry topside landscape in background, Komodo NP, Indonesia, August 2009. Model released.
Sergeant major damselfish (Abudefduf vaigiensis) at the house reef of Miniloc Island Resort, El Nido Island, Palawan, Philippines, May 2009. These fish gather in a dense mass when bread is thrown into...  -  Juergen Freund
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Juergen Freund / Sergeant major damselfish (Abudefduf vaigiensis) at the house reef of Miniloc Island Resort, El Nido Island, Palawan, Philippines, May 2009. These fish gather in a dense mass when bread is thrown into...
Thousands of Anthias / Fairy basslets on colourful coral reef, Anilao, Batangas, Philippines, March 2010.  -  Juergen Freund
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Juergen Freund / Thousands of Anthias / Fairy basslets on colourful coral reef, Anilao, Batangas, Philippines, March 2010.
Crinoids or featherstars covering a coral bommie with dive boat looming overhead, West New Britain, Papua New Guinea  -  Juergen Freund
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Juergen Freund / Crinoids or featherstars covering a coral bommie with dive boat looming overhead, West New Britain, Papua New Guinea
Split level of shallow bleaching corals and island, New Ireland, Papua New Guinea, June 2010  -  Juergen Freund
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Juergen Freund / Split level of shallow bleaching corals and island, New Ireland, Papua New Guinea, June 2010
Diver navigating a swim-through at dive site called Boo with corals and feather star in the foreground. Misool, Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia.  -  Juergen Freund
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Juergen Freund / Diver navigating a swim-through at dive site called Boo with corals and feather star in the foreground. Misool, Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia.
Gorgonian fan coral with crinoids / featherstars, Kimbe Bay, West New Britain, Papua New Guinea  -  Juergen Freund
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Juergen Freund / Gorgonian fan coral with crinoids / featherstars, Kimbe Bay, West New Britain, Papua New Guinea
Nudibranch (Jorunna funebris) feeding on its preferred sponge, Kimbe Bay, West New Britain, Papua New Guinea  -  Juergen Freund
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Juergen Freund / Nudibranch (Jorunna funebris) feeding on its preferred sponge, Kimbe Bay, West New Britain, Papua New Guinea
Longfin Bannerfish (Heniochus acuminatus) head on portrait, Bali, Indonesia, Indo-pacific  -  Juergen Freund
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Juergen Freund / Longfin Bannerfish (Heniochus acuminatus) head on portrait, Bali, Indonesia, Indo-pacific
True clownfish / Clown anemonefish (Amphiprion percula) hiding among the tentacles of a sea anemone. Lembeh Strait, North Sulawesi, Indonesia  -  Juergen Freund
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Juergen Freund / True clownfish / Clown anemonefish (Amphiprion percula) hiding among the tentacles of a sea anemone. Lembeh Strait, North Sulawesi, Indonesia
Details of Orange elephant ear sponge (Agelas clathrodes) with crinoids / featherstars attached, Kimbe Bay, West New Britain, Papua New Guinea  -  Juergen Freund
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Juergen Freund / Details of Orange elephant ear sponge (Agelas clathrodes) with crinoids / featherstars attached, Kimbe Bay, West New Britain, Papua New Guinea
Denise's pygmy seahorse (Hippocampus denise) in its fan coral. Misool, Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia  -  Juergen Freund
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Juergen Freund / Denise's pygmy seahorse (Hippocampus denise) in its fan coral. Misool, Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia
RF- Pink anemonefish (Amphiprion perideraion) hiding among tentacles of closed anemone host. Kimbe Bay, West New Britain, Papua New Guinea. (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or roya...  -  Juergen Freund
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Juergen Freund / RF- Pink anemonefish (Amphiprion perideraion) hiding among tentacles of closed anemone host. Kimbe Bay, West New Britain, Papua New Guinea. (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or roya...
Sea squirts / ascidians / tunicates on a clam, Indo-pacific  -  Juergen Freund
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Juergen Freund / Sea squirts / ascidians / tunicates on a clam, Indo-pacific
Schooling Banggai cardinalfish in anemone tentacles. (Pterapogon kaudemi). Lembeh Strait, North Sulawesi, Indonesia  -  Juergen Freund
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Juergen Freund / Schooling Banggai cardinalfish in anemone tentacles. (Pterapogon kaudemi). Lembeh Strait, North Sulawesi, Indonesia
Shoal of Blue chromis (Chromis viridis) amongst hard coral with Cloudy Damselfish (Dascyllus carneus) Sipadan, Malaysia.  -  Juergen Freund
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Juergen Freund / Shoal of Blue chromis (Chromis viridis) amongst hard coral with Cloudy Damselfish (Dascyllus carneus) Sipadan, Malaysia.
Blue linkia starfish (Linckia laevigata) pair attached to the dead part of coral, New Ireland, Papua New Guinea  -  Juergen Freund
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Juergen Freund / Blue linkia starfish (Linckia laevigata) pair attached to the dead part of coral, New Ireland, Papua New Guinea
Common lionfish (Pterois volitans) seen from the rear. Lembeh Strait, North Sulawesi, Indonesia  -  Juergen Freund
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Juergen Freund / Common lionfish (Pterois volitans) seen from the rear. Lembeh Strait, North Sulawesi, Indonesia
Teira batfish / Longfin spadefish (Platax teira) West New Britain, Papua New Guinea.  -  Juergen Freund
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Juergen Freund / Teira batfish / Longfin spadefish (Platax teira) West New Britain, Papua New Guinea.
Great barracuda (Sphyraena barracuda) with Teira batfish (Platax teira) in background, Kimbe Bay, West New Britain, Papua New Guinea.  -  Juergen Freund
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Juergen Freund / Great barracuda (Sphyraena barracuda) with Teira batfish (Platax teira) in background, Kimbe Bay, West New Britain, Papua New Guinea.
Silvertip reef shark (Carcharhinus albimarginatus) Kimbe Bay, West New Britain, Papua New Guinea.  -  Juergen Freund
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Juergen Freund / Silvertip reef shark (Carcharhinus albimarginatus) Kimbe Bay, West New Britain, Papua New Guinea.
Horsehoe crab (Tachypleus gigas) swimming on its back with gills creating the propulsion, Palawan, Philippines. Did you know? Horseshoe crabs are more closely related to spiders than crabs.  -  Juergen Freund
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Juergen Freund / Horsehoe crab (Tachypleus gigas) swimming on its back with gills creating the propulsion, Palawan, Philippines. Did you know? Horseshoe crabs are more closely related to spiders than crabs.
Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops aduncus) just below surface in flat calm  waters. Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia, February 2010.  -  Juergen Freund
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Juergen Freund / Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops aduncus) just below surface in flat calm waters. Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia, February 2010.
Hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) swimming over the top of the reef. Komodo National Park, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, August 2009.  -  Juergen Freund
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Juergen Freund / Hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) swimming over the top of the reef. Komodo National Park, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, August 2009.
Papuan boy swimming in the shallows with his pet baby hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata). Tunnung Island, New Hanover, Papua New Guinea, June 2010  -  Juergen Freund
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Juergen Freund / Papuan boy swimming in the shallows with his pet baby hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata). Tunnung Island, New Hanover, Papua New Guinea, June 2010
Mahonia Na Dari (Guardian of the Sea) Teacher Lorna Romaso leads a group of 16 students to snorkel and learn about the reef. West New Britain, Papua New Guinea, May 2010  -  Juergen Freund
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Juergen Freund / Mahonia Na Dari (Guardian of the Sea) Teacher Lorna Romaso leads a group of 16 students to snorkel and learn about the reef. West New Britain, Papua New Guinea, May 2010
Jewelmer Pearlfarm, cleaned Pearl oysters (Pinctada maxima) in hanging cages, being relocated to the open sea, Palawan, Philippines, May 2009  -  Juergen Freund
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Juergen Freund / Jewelmer Pearlfarm, cleaned Pearl oysters (Pinctada maxima) in hanging cages, being relocated to the open sea, Palawan, Philippines, May 2009
Split level image of Papuan fisherman standing on his dugout canoe over shallow corals, New Ireland, Papua New Guinea, June 2010  -  Juergen Freund
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Juergen Freund / Split level image of Papuan fisherman standing on his dugout canoe over shallow corals, New Ireland, Papua New Guinea, June 2010
Funae fishermen catching Skipjack tuna near Manado Tua using anchovies as live bait. Indonesia, October 2009.  -  Juergen Freund
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Juergen Freund / Funae fishermen catching Skipjack tuna near Manado Tua using anchovies as live bait. Indonesia, October 2009.
Chocolate chip starfish / Horned sea star (Protoreastor nodosus) collected in their thousands for export as decorative objects and souvenirs, coloured with dyes. Indonesia, July 2008  -  Juergen Freund
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Juergen Freund / Chocolate chip starfish / Horned sea star (Protoreastor nodosus) collected in their thousands for export as decorative objects and souvenirs, coloured with dyes. Indonesia, July 2008
Coconut palm (Cocos nucifera) roots getting washed out of the sand due to constant tide changes and erosion. Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia, January 2010  -  Juergen Freund
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Juergen Freund / Coconut palm (Cocos nucifera) roots getting washed out of the sand due to constant tide changes and erosion. Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia, January 2010
Restorff Island, the daily dive stop for lunch and dive surface interval at Walindi Plantation Resort. Papua New Guinea, May 2010  -  Juergen Freund
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Juergen Freund / Restorff Island, the daily dive stop for lunch and dive surface interval at Walindi Plantation Resort. Papua New Guinea, May 2010
Split-level shot of a shallow coral reef and mangroves. North Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia, February 2010.  -  Juergen Freund
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Juergen Freund / Split-level shot of a shallow coral reef and mangroves. North Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia, February 2010.
Shallow bleaching corals, split level with the island, Lissenung, New Ireland, Papua New Guinea, June 2010.  -  Juergen Freund
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Juergen Freund / Shallow bleaching corals, split level with the island, Lissenung, New Ireland, Papua New Guinea, June 2010.
View of Misool Eco Resort and out to sea from the hill. Misool, Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia, January 2010.  -  Juergen Freund
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Juergen Freund / View of Misool Eco Resort and out to sea from the hill. Misool, Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia, January 2010.
Aerial view of Jewelmer Pearlfarm and live reef fish cage, Palawan, Philippines, May 2009  -  Juergen Freund
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Juergen Freund / Aerial view of Jewelmer Pearlfarm and live reef fish cage, Palawan, Philippines, May 2009
Bungalows of Misool Eco Resort as night falls. Misool, Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia, January 2010.  -  Juergen Freund
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Juergen Freund / Bungalows of Misool Eco Resort as night falls. Misool, Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia, January 2010.
Small, tree-covered island. This is a karst limestone formation with layers eaten away by water. Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia, February 2010.  -  Juergen Freund
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Juergen Freund / Small, tree-covered island. This is a karst limestone formation with layers eaten away by water. Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia, February 2010.
View of the jetty from Sorido Bay Resort dining room area. Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia, February 2010.  -  Juergen Freund
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Juergen Freund / View of the jetty from Sorido Bay Resort dining room area. Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia, February 2010.
Split level of dive boat ^Seven Seas^, coral reef and island, Komodo NP, Indonesia, August 2009.  -  Juergen Freund
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Juergen Freund / Split level of dive boat ^Seven Seas^, coral reef and island, Komodo NP, Indonesia, August 2009.
Submerged roots of Black mangrove tree (Avicennia germinans) Komodo NP, Indonesia, Indo-pacific.  -  Juergen Freund
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Juergen Freund / Submerged roots of Black mangrove tree (Avicennia germinans) Komodo NP, Indonesia, Indo-pacific.
Soft coral (Alcyonacea) in the shallow mangroves with diver, split level. North Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia, February 2010  -  Juergen Freund
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Juergen Freund / Soft coral (Alcyonacea) in the shallow mangroves with diver, split level. North Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia, February 2010
Sargassum frogfish / anglerfish (Histrio histrio) in its floating Sargassum seaweed home, Miniloc island in the background, El Nido, Palawan, Philippines.  -  Juergen Freund
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Juergen Freund / Sargassum frogfish / anglerfish (Histrio histrio) in its floating Sargassum seaweed home, Miniloc island in the background, El Nido, Palawan, Philippines.
Swim-through at dive site called Boo with colourful corals in the foreground. Misool, Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia  -  Juergen Freund
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Juergen Freund / Swim-through at dive site called Boo with colourful corals in the foreground. Misool, Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia
Leather coral (Alcyonacea) on coral reef, North Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia.  -  Juergen Freund
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Juergen Freund / Leather coral (Alcyonacea) on coral reef, North Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia.
Many spotted sweetlips (Plectorhinchus chaetodonoides) and other fish under table coral on a healthy coral reef, Komodo NP, Indonesia, Indo-pacific.  -  Juergen Freund
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Juergen Freund / Many spotted sweetlips (Plectorhinchus chaetodonoides) and other fish under table coral on a healthy coral reef, Komodo NP, Indonesia, Indo-pacific.
Golden sea squirts / ascidians / tunicates (Polycarpa aurata) on coral reef, Sulawesi, Indonesia, Indo-pacfic.  -  Juergen Freund
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Juergen Freund / Golden sea squirts / ascidians / tunicates (Polycarpa aurata) on coral reef, Sulawesi, Indonesia, Indo-pacfic.
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