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Mandarin dance at Wakatobi


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Mandarinfish are a favourite with photographers and fish watchers. As the sun sets, pairs of these amorous entertainers touch fins and begin a spiraling courtship dance. The show delights divers aboard Wakatobi‘s Pelagian dive at Magic Pier on the island of Buton. And recently, the mandarins have also made appearances much closer to home, performing their mating dances at sites close to the resort itself.

Photo credit: Walt Stearns and R Kreuzer

Mandarinfish peeking out of the coral
Mandarinfish (Synchiropus splendidus) a member of the dragonet family.
Walt Stearns
Walt Stearns
Editor for Scuba Diver Magazine's North America edition, Walt Stearns, has been involved in the diving industry for more than 30 years. As one of the most prolific photojournalists in diving media Walt’s articles and images have appeared in a wide range of national and international diving, water sports and travel titles.
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