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Ilot Maitre New Caledonia Coral Reef Reserve
Nouméa

During calm spells the southern section of the coral reef at Ilot Maitre marine reserve offers spectacular snorkeling. The corals are alive and so closely packed on top of the reef that there is not a millimetre of space. There are lots of fish around but much less courageous than those living on the reefs in front of l'Escapade Island Resort.

The fish near the resort don't run away when someone appears underwater with a camera but here on this reef the fish will not pose for the camera.

As I was taking this image a big octopus came over to see what we were doing. The octopus was not shy at all and when Freddy swam over to photography him he just looked calmly back at the camera.

Copyright: Richard Chesher
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 9838x4919
Taken: 27/09/2009
Chargée: 02/10/2009
Mis à jour: 23/05/2014
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Tags: snorkling new caledonia; escapade island resort; ilot maitre marine reserve; octopus new caledonia; underwater; diving; snorkeling; dive
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