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Lying at the junction of Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines, the Sulu-Sulawesi seas are home to the highest diversity of fish and coral anywhere in the world. Characterised by a wide range of seascapes including estuaries, mangroves, lagoons, atolls, reefs and seagrass beds, these waters are the submarine rainforests at the heart of the Indo-Pacific.

Encompassing an area of about a million square kilometers, the Sulu-Sulawesi seas are patrolled by the likes of the world's largest fish (whale shark), the world's smallest (pygmy) seahorse, dugongs, saltwater crocodiles and countless species of fish, invertebrates, anemeone and coral.

The Sulu-Sulawesi seas are threatened by overfishing, coastal erosion, sedimentation, coral mining and the aquarium trade. Habitat destruction is further accelerated by dynamite and cyanide fishing, global warming and irresponsible tourism.

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Single-photographer portfolios from this region can be browsed under the search terms "Jurgen Freund Sulawesi" or "Constantinos Petrinos Sulawesi".

Two Masked bannerfish {Heniochus monoceros} beside Giant yellow soft coral with diver in background, Indo-pacific  -  Jurgen Freund
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Jurgen Freund / Two Masked bannerfish {Heniochus monoceros} beside Giant yellow soft coral with diver in background, Indo-pacific
Diver looking at Yellow crinoid feather star on sponge, Walea, Togian Islands, Indonesia. Model released.  -  Roberto Rinaldi
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Roberto Rinaldi / Diver looking at Yellow crinoid feather star on sponge, Walea, Togian Islands, Indonesia. Model released.
A school of Bigeye snapper {Lutjanus lutjanus}  Indo-pacific  -  Jurgen Freund
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Jurgen Freund / A school of Bigeye snapper {Lutjanus lutjanus} Indo-pacific
A school of Bigeye Snapper {Lutjanus lutjanus}  Indo-pacific  -  Jurgen Freund
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Jurgen Freund / A school of Bigeye Snapper {Lutjanus lutjanus} Indo-pacific
Green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas), coral and schooling fish, Sipidan, Malaysia.  -  David Fleetham
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David Fleetham / Green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas), coral and schooling fish, Sipidan, Malaysia.
Reef scene with schooling jacks, alcyonarian coral and a pair of spot-tailed butterflyfish (Chaetodon ocellicaudus), Sipidan Island, Malaysia.  -  David Fleetham
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David Fleetham / Reef scene with schooling jacks, alcyonarian coral and a pair of spot-tailed butterflyfish (Chaetodon ocellicaudus), Sipidan Island, Malaysia.
Banded / Yellow-lipped sea krait (Laticauda colubrina), swimming over coral reef beneath large shoal of fish, Malaysia.  -  David Fleetham
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David Fleetham / Banded / Yellow-lipped sea krait (Laticauda colubrina), swimming over coral reef beneath large shoal of fish, Malaysia.
Whale shark and person swimming in silhouette {Rhinicodon typus} Indo Pacific  -  Jurgen Freund
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Jurgen Freund / Whale shark and person swimming in silhouette {Rhinicodon typus} Indo Pacific
Schooling blue and gold fusilers {Caesio teres}, Indo-Pacific  -  Jurgen Freund
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Jurgen Freund / Schooling blue and gold fusilers {Caesio teres}, Indo-Pacific
Clark's anemonefish {Amphiprion clarkii} defends sea anemone home, Indonesia.  -  Brandon Cole
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Brandon Cole / Clark's anemonefish {Amphiprion clarkii} defends sea anemone home, Indonesia.
Lionfish (Pterois volitans), Indonesia.  -  David Fleetham
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David Fleetham / Lionfish (Pterois volitans), Indonesia.
Golden samselfish (Amblyglyphidodon aureus) with Gorgonian fan. Indo-Pacific Ocean  -  Peter Scoones
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Peter Scoones / Golden samselfish (Amblyglyphidodon aureus) with Gorgonian fan. Indo-Pacific Ocean
Starfish {Linckia laevigata} in shallow water Indonesia  -  Jurgen Freund
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Jurgen Freund / Starfish {Linckia laevigata} in shallow water Indonesia
Coconut floating on water, Indo-pacific. Split-level. Dispersal of seed.  -  Jurgen Freund
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Jurgen Freund / Coconut floating on water, Indo-pacific. Split-level. Dispersal of seed.
Split level shot of snorkler swimming in clear shallow water over sand, Malaysia.  -  Jurgen Freund
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Jurgen Freund / Split level shot of snorkler swimming in clear shallow water over sand, Malaysia.
Saltwater crocodile (Crocodylus porosus) swimming at water surface, split-level, New Guinea, Indo-pacific  -  Jurgen Freund
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Jurgen Freund / Saltwater crocodile (Crocodylus porosus) swimming at water surface, split-level, New Guinea, Indo-pacific
Gold-specs jawfish (Opistognathus sp.), male, mouth brooding eggs, Mabul Island, Malaysia.  -  David Fleetham
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David Fleetham / Gold-specs jawfish (Opistognathus sp.), male, mouth brooding eggs, Mabul Island, Malaysia.
Lined sweetlips (Plectorhinchus lineatus) with two cleaner wrasse (Labroides dimidiatus), Indonesia.  -  David Fleetham
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David Fleetham / Lined sweetlips (Plectorhinchus lineatus) with two cleaner wrasse (Labroides dimidiatus), Indonesia.
Yellow edged moray eel {Gymnothorax flavimarginatus} having mouth cleaned by Humpback cleaner shrimp {Lysmata amboinensis} Sabah Borneo ~(Non-ex).  -  Doug Perrine
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Doug Perrine / Yellow edged moray eel {Gymnothorax flavimarginatus} having mouth cleaned by Humpback cleaner shrimp {Lysmata amboinensis} Sabah Borneo ~(Non-ex).
Face of Whitemargin stargazer {Uranoscopus sulphureus} Lembeh, Sulawesi  -  Solvin Zankl
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Solvin Zankl / Face of Whitemargin stargazer {Uranoscopus sulphureus} Lembeh, Sulawesi
Whale shark {Rhincodon typus} Sulu-sulawesi seas, Indo-pacific  -  Jurgen Freund
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Jurgen Freund / Whale shark {Rhincodon typus} Sulu-sulawesi seas, Indo-pacific
Adam's urchin crab {Zebrida adamsii} on sea urchin {Astropyga radiata} Indonesia, Sulawesi  -  Constantinos Petrinos
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Constantinos Petrinos / Adam's urchin crab {Zebrida adamsii} on sea urchin {Astropyga radiata} Indonesia, Sulawesi
Banded sea krait {Laticauda sp} Sulu-sulawesi seas, Indo Pacific ocean  -  Jurgen Freund
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Jurgen Freund / Banded sea krait {Laticauda sp} Sulu-sulawesi seas, Indo Pacific ocean
Pygmy seahorse (Hippocampus bargibanti) on Gorgonian coral (Muricella plectana) Sulawesi, Indonesia  -  Constantinos Petrinos
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Constantinos Petrinos / Pygmy seahorse (Hippocampus bargibanti) on Gorgonian coral (Muricella plectana) Sulawesi, Indonesia
Green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) swimming through school of bigeye jacks (Caranx sexfasciatus), Sipidan Island, Malaysia.  -  David Fleetham
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David Fleetham / Green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) swimming through school of bigeye jacks (Caranx sexfasciatus), Sipidan Island, Malaysia.
Hawksbill turtle {Eretmochelys imbricata} swimming, Indo Pacific  -  Jurgen Freund
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Jurgen Freund / Hawksbill turtle {Eretmochelys imbricata} swimming, Indo Pacific
Mating green sea turtles (Chelonia mydas), Sipidan Island, Malaysia.  -  David Fleetham
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David Fleetham / Mating green sea turtles (Chelonia mydas), Sipidan Island, Malaysia.
Green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) with underwater photographer, Sipidan, Malaysia.  -  David Fleetham
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David Fleetham / Green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) with underwater photographer, Sipidan, Malaysia.
Group of Broadclub cuttlefish gathered as females lay eggs on reef {Sepia latimanus} Sulu-sulawesi seas, Indo-Pacific  -  Jurgen Freund
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Jurgen Freund / Group of Broadclub cuttlefish gathered as females lay eggs on reef {Sepia latimanus} Sulu-sulawesi seas, Indo-Pacific
Big fin reef / oval squid (Sepioteuthis lessoniana), Malaysia.  -  David Fleetham
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David Fleetham / Big fin reef / oval squid (Sepioteuthis lessoniana), Malaysia.
Broadclub cuttlefish (Sepia latimanus), Komodo, Indonesia.  -  David Fleetham
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David Fleetham / Broadclub cuttlefish (Sepia latimanus), Komodo, Indonesia.
Broadclub cuttlefish mating {Sepia latimanus} Sulu-sulawesi seas, Indo-Pacific  -  Jurgen Freund
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Jurgen Freund / Broadclub cuttlefish mating {Sepia latimanus} Sulu-sulawesi seas, Indo-Pacific
Schooling bigeye jacks (Caranx sexfasciatus), Malaysia.  -  David Fleetham
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David Fleetham / Schooling bigeye jacks (Caranx sexfasciatus), Malaysia.
RF- Juvenile schooling fish on coral reef, Indo-pacific. (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty free.)  -  Jurgen Freund
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Jurgen Freund / RF- Juvenile schooling fish on coral reef, Indo-pacific. (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty free.)
Black coral (Anthipates sp) filled with glassfish (Ambassis sp), Balambangan Island, Borneo.  -  Roberto Rinaldi
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Roberto Rinaldi / Black coral (Anthipates sp) filled with glassfish (Ambassis sp), Balambangan Island, Borneo.
Diver (MR) with yellow pygmy sweepers (Parapriacanthus ransonneti). Komodo, Indonesia. September 2008. Model released  -  David Fleetham
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David Fleetham / Diver (MR) with yellow pygmy sweepers (Parapriacanthus ransonneti). Komodo, Indonesia. September 2008. Model released
Clark's anemonefish (Amphiprion clarkii) and scuba diver, Indonesia.  -  David Fleetham
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David Fleetham / Clark's anemonefish (Amphiprion clarkii) and scuba diver, Indonesia.
Spine-cheek anemone fish (Premnas biaculeatus), male, amongst bulb-tentacle sea anemone (Entacmaea quadridcolor), Indonesia.  -  David Fleetham
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David Fleetham / Spine-cheek anemone fish (Premnas biaculeatus), male, amongst bulb-tentacle sea anemone (Entacmaea quadridcolor), Indonesia.
Pink Anemonefish {Amphiprion perideraion} peering out from closed anemone, Indo-pacific  -  Jurgen Freund
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Jurgen Freund / Pink Anemonefish {Amphiprion perideraion} peering out from closed anemone, Indo-pacific
False clown anemonefish {Amphiprion ocellaris} amongst anemone tentacles, Sipadan, Malaysia  -  Georgette Douwma
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Georgette Douwma / False clown anemonefish {Amphiprion ocellaris} amongst anemone tentacles, Sipadan, Malaysia
Diver with False clown anemonefish {Amphiprion ocellaris} in anemone.  -  Jurgen Freund
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Jurgen Freund / Diver with False clown anemonefish {Amphiprion ocellaris} in anemone.
Tassled scorpionfish (Scorpaenopsis oxycephala) and scuba diver, Indonesia. Model released.  -  David Fleetham
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David Fleetham / Tassled scorpionfish (Scorpaenopsis oxycephala) and scuba diver, Indonesia. Model released.
Diver on wall dive, Tubbataha reef, Palawan, Philippines. Model released.  -  Roberto Rinaldi
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Roberto Rinaldi / Diver on wall dive, Tubbataha reef, Palawan, Philippines. Model released.
Scuba diver (model released) admires the rainbowed colours of soft corals. Indonesia, Indo-Pacific Ocean.~ NOT FOR SALE IN THE USA  -  Brandon Cole
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Brandon Cole / Scuba diver (model released) admires the rainbowed colours of soft corals. Indonesia, Indo-Pacific Ocean.~ NOT FOR SALE IN THE USA
Juvenile Batfish / Circular spadefish {Platax orbicularis} Sulawesi, Indonesia  -  Solvin Zankl
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Solvin Zankl / Juvenile Batfish / Circular spadefish {Platax orbicularis} Sulawesi, Indonesia
Big fin reef squid in deep water {Sepioteuthis lessonians} Sulawesi, Indonesia Indo-Pacific  -  Constantinos Petrinos
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Constantinos Petrinos / Big fin reef squid in deep water {Sepioteuthis lessonians} Sulawesi, Indonesia Indo-Pacific
Veined octopus inside shell {Octopus marginatus}, Lembeh Strait, N Sulawesi, Indonesia. Shells are found in the seabed and dug up and cleaned by octopus, which then climbs inside for protection.  -  Constantinos Petrinos
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Constantinos Petrinos / Veined octopus inside shell {Octopus marginatus}, Lembeh Strait, N Sulawesi, Indonesia. Shells are found in the seabed and dug up and cleaned by octopus, which then climbs inside for protection.
Two Pearly nautilus {Nautilus pompilius} Sulu-sulawesi seas, Indo-pacific. Fills shell with water to sink and expells water to rise, lateral movement by jet propulsion  -  Jurgen Freund
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Jurgen Freund / Two Pearly nautilus {Nautilus pompilius} Sulu-sulawesi seas, Indo-pacific. Fills shell with water to sink and expells water to rise, lateral movement by jet propulsion
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