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In Indonesia, in the Papuan archipelago of Raja Ampat, coral grows at the foot of mangroves. Unpublished mixture of terrestrial and underwater life.
Blue water mangrove
It is called "blue water mangrove" or "blue mangrove"the blue mangrove swamp. In a few meters of water, life forms that are rarely seen side by side, such as marine coral and tree roots, mingle.
Mangroves are usually grown on land-covered, often very muddy, sediments in coastal areas or near the mouths of rivers. The water is usually very cloudy.
But the labyrinths formed by the karst islets of Raja Ampat, in Indonesian Papua, offer a different type of mangrove: the water remains clear and the bottom is sandy, more maritime than terrestrial.
Corals and gorgonians can be seen developing there, right next to the trees!
To discover in snorkeling
Underwater, the atmosphere is truly magical! Little current, shallow depth: it's an enchantment for snorkelers (swimmers in flippers and tuba masks).
When one raises one's head, one realizes that one is under the foliage of the trees, a kind of mangroves, whose roots plunge under salt water.
For me, it was the perfect place for "half air half water" photos. But I admit, I had a hard time: I'm not good at snorkeling at all.
I find it easier to photograph in scuba diving, submerged under water, well weighted and stabilized with the sinkers and the BCD (inflatable vest). On the surface, we are tossed by the swell, even weak ... Not always easy to fit well and adjust its settings when triggering.
But these few images are still pretty good, I think, the magic of the place, unique in its kind.