There are some fish species, such as the All-yellow Poison Fang Blenny found only in Fiji and commonly seen here. A photographer’s delight is the rarely-seen Leaf Scorpion Fish, usually found here hiding in a patch of Cabbage Coral trying very hard to imitate a piece of vegetation.
CORAL IS ALIVE AND GROWING:
Please do not touch or walk on living coral.
Not everyone realises that coral reefs are made up of tiny animals less than one centimetre tall. The “stone” that you see is the outer skeleton of these tiny animals, which are retracted into the reef during the day. The outer, coloured layer of coral is the living area. Any broken grey area is no longer alive.Continue Reading …
There are many reasons why feedinf fish for fun is a bad idea for the fish themselves.Continue Reading …
2008 Great Fiji Butterflyfish Count Results presented at the Fiji Islands Conservation Science Forum 5th – 7th August 2009
The talk focused on the preliminary analysis of Butterflyfish abundance and species richness compiled from results of the Great Fiji Butterflyfish Count in November last year.
The considerably fewer resources required for conducting and receiving wide scale information on species distribution and abundance in Fiji was highlighted and proven through the mass network and support during the Butterflyfish Count event.
Mass replication of such surveys reduces variability in results and can be quite successfully utilized for establishing patterns on reef character etc.
Comparison to more scientifically rigorous surveys conducted by two independent surveyors was also carried out and the results appear to be comparable for both abundance and species richness from the two survey groups (GFBFC and scientists) across the Fiji Island.
It was found that results of timed swims rather than measured transects of the scientists was most comparable to the results gathered during the Great Fiji Butterfish Count. Surveyors were concentrating on one fish family and therefore there were records of more fish and species on most sites from both the survey groups.
Whilst the volunteer surveyor network still needs help in correct species identification this can be effectively corrected if participating resorts, NGO’s and schools spend more time reviewing the resource materials provided to them. This will ensure accuracy in the results gathered. The talk also highlighted the awareness that was raised in fish identification, population’s diversity, reef health, and conservation, in local resort staff and communities as well as visitors.
The talk concluded on the fact that 90% of Fiji’s 27 species can be found in most regions of the country and that there were high Butterflyfish numbers in most areas. There was also a call for participation and support for the second round of the Great Fiji Butterflyfish Count event to be held during 10th – 17th October 2009. All interested organizations are requested to take part in this fun event and contribute data toward the Butterflyfish database.
Please view the slideshow presented at the Forum for all details.
All the best for this year’s Great Fiji Butterflyfish Count and a big thank you to the FICSF organizers for an excellent show.
This “V.I.D.” Guide (Video ID) covers the incredible marine biodiversity of this fantastic corner of the South Pacific. The Marine Life of Fiji & Tonga is a comprehensive identification guide to 1272 animal and plant species — except that instead of being a book full of pictures, it’s a video with gorgeous real-life footage of each species, and each of the 1739 video clips is labelled with the common and scientific names of each species.
Beautifully filmed and visually engaging, Marine Life of Fiji & Tonga contains pretty much every species you are likely to see, catch or hear about when counting butterflyfish in this part of the world. Three years and more than 3000 dives in the making, this is both an essential tool and exotic entertainment.
- 77 intuitive and easy-to-navigate DVD chapters
- 3.5 hours of gorgeous underwater footage
- 1739 video clips
- 1272 different species, including over 800 species of fish!
- common names and scientific names
- juveniles, males, females — plus endemic species and local colour variations
- video allows you to study behaviour: how species swim, feed, court, fight, clean, hunt
- tight macro shots show fine details, markings and texture normally impossible to see
- soothing ambient music by award-winning composer Bjorn Lynne
- filmed with utmost care and respect for the underwater environment
- downloadable checklist to keep a record of the species you’ve seen yourself (PDF format)
The package includes 2 DVD videos that you can play on your TV or computer plus a 14-page reference booklet with line drawings, descriptions and helpful information.
Disc One: FISH including sharks, lionfish, gobies, angelfish, ghost pipefish, rays, eels, butterflyfish, dragonets, seahorses, barracudas, parrotfish…
Disc Two: EVERYTHING ELSE including whales, nudibranchs, corals, octopus, crustaceans, sponges, jellyfish, sea stars, sea snakes, cuttlefish…
Josh Jensen & Liz Harlin from Underseas Productions has allowed us to show the Butterflyfish Section here for the Great Fiji Butterflyfish Count 2008. THANKS JOSH & LIZ!
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