A dive in paradise

23 February, 2024

Biomass and biodiversity. Two rather dull and stiff words. But words often associated with Raja Ampat.

Raja Ampat is situated west of Papua Guinea, right in the heart of what’s known as the “Coral Triangle.” 

Here, there are the most species per square meter on the entire planet. Color, shape, and an abundance of peculiar creatures coexist in an immense underwater environment.

At first glance, it feels “untouched,” a forgotten paradise. And that’s why we’re here. To film the paradise beneath the surface – the Ocean Dreams Dream!

We’ve only been here for three days, but it’s certainly unique. Neither I nor my photographer colleague, Göran Ehlmé, have ever experienced so many fish, at least not in so many different species.

But it’s not just fish. Every millimeter of rock formations and old dead coral reefs is covered in life in all its forms. Hard corals, soft corals, sponges, anemones, and sea squirts vie for space.

A bubbling ecosystem with an enormous biomass and biodiversity that gives me a sense of hope.

Text: Johan Candert
Photo: Johan Candert, Göran Ehlmé

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