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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
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