Fauna of the Celebes Sea

An inter-island sea in the western Pacific Ocean. Located between the islands of Sulawesi, Kalimantan, Mindanao, Sangihe and the Sulu Archipelago. It washes the coasts of the Philippines and Indonesia. It stretches 675 km from north to south and 840 km from east to west. The sea area is about 453 thousand km², depth up to 6220 m, temperature in February 27-28 °C, in August - 28-29 °C, salinity at the surface is about 34.5 ‰, which is lower than oceanic, and is caused by the fact that precipitation over the sea exceeds the level of evaporation. The tides are irregular semidiurnal of up to 2. The weather in the maritime areas is usually hot and humid, with frequent showers and thunderstorms.

Popular Celebes Sea inhabitants

The sea is home to a wide variety of fish and aquatic life. Its tropical climate and warm, clear waters make it home to some 580 of the world's 793 species of reef-forming corals. The sea is home to whales and dolphins, sea turtles, sea snakes, worms, crustaceans and mollusks. The latter are represented in a huge variety. Here you can see cone snails, they have a beautiful shell, which is very expensive, and nautilus mollusk, which looks like a snail. There are familiar but no less interesting octopuses and cuttlefish.

Interesting inhabitants of the Celebes Sea

In the deep waters of the Celebes Sea, animals unknown to science have been discovered, such as the black jellyfish, the floating sea cucumber, and the shrimp-like Eurythoe complanata. This creature has a dozen tentacles growing from its head. The presence of the ancient fish Latimeria menadoensis was found in the Celebes Sea. These are the only Coelacanthus that have survived almost unchanged to this day. The small but dangerous Black Swallower lives in the sea. It can swallow prey much larger than itself.

Sharks in Celebes Sea

Among the most famous representatives of the Celebes Sea fauna are: sharks. The Celebes Sea is home to such predators as the large plankton-eating whale shark, the tiger shark, the slow and inactive nurse shark, the shallow-water blacktip reef shark, the loner great hammerhead shark, the active blacktip shark, the dangerous scalloped hammerhead shark, the nocturnal hunter whitetip reef shark, and the swift gray reef shark

Fishing at Celebes Sea

Fishing is a common commercial activity in the Celebes Sea. Mahi-mahi, giant trevally, swordfish, black marlin, striped snakehead, humphead wrasse, bonefish are caught in the waters of the sea. Yellowfin tuna, skipjack tuna, longfin tuna, Pacific bluefin tuna, bigeye tuna, great barracuda, Indian mackerel are also found in abundance. At night under artificial light, houndfish can be caught, this fish is considered dangerous and fishermen are afraid of it because of its large size, tendency to jump out of the water and cause puncture wounds with its beak. 

Diving at Celebes Sea

The Celebes Sea has beautiful, almost untouched corals and many small caves that are very interesting to look into. In them you can see unusual and colorful sea creatures: pygmy seahorse, rare mandarinfish, striated frogfish, ornate ghost pipefishyellowfin scorpionfish, spotfin lionfish, leafy seadragon, reef triggerfish, red lionfish, moorish idol, stonefish, ocellaris clownfish, humpback anglerfish, yellow tang, bluestreak cleaner wrasse and longhorn cowfish. Between the coral you will find lobsters, unusual species of shrimp, giant crabs, snails and perhaps even the largest holoduck - the Spanish dancer. At depth there are giant oceanic manta rays, spotted eagle rays, giant morays, ribbon eels and the unusual ocean sunfish.


Albacore

Albacore

Latin name Thunnus alalunga Other names Longfin tuna, long-finned tunny, longfin, true albacore, ..

Black marlin

Black marlin

Latin nameIstiompax indicaOther namesIstiompax indicaIdentificationThe body is elongated, not strong..

Black swallower

Black swallower

Latin nameChiasmodon nigerOther namesChiasmodon nigerIdentificationNo scales. Musculature poorly dev..

Blacktip reef shark

Blacktip reef shark

Latin nameCarcharhinus melanopterusOther namesCarcharhinus melanopterusIdentificationThis species ha..

Bonefish

Bonefish

Latin name Albula vulpes Other names Banana fish, phantom, silver ghost, ladyfish, grubber, silve..

Crabs

Crabs

An infraorder of ten-legged crustaceans living in salt and fresh water.Crabs (Brachyura) are short-t..

Crustaceans

Crustaceans

Crustacea is a class of invertebrates of the Arthropoda type. It includes animals with body length f..

Giant moray

Giant moray

Latin nameGymnothorax javanicusOther namesGymnothorax javanicusIdentificationThe body is compressed ..

Giant oceanic manta ray

Giant oceanic manta ray

Latin nameMobula birostrisOther namesGiant manta ray, oceanic manta ray.IdentificationHuge pectoral ..

Giant trevally

Giant trevally

Latin nameCaranx ignobilisOther namesLowly trevally, barrier trevally, ronin jack, giant kingfish, u..

Great barracuda

Great barracuda

Latin nameSphyraena barracudaOther namesSphyraena barracudaIdentificationCharacteristic of this fish..

Great hammerhead

Great hammerhead

Latin nameSphyrna mokarranOther namesSphyrna mokarranIdentificationThey have a characteristic spindl..

Grey reef shark

Grey reef shark

Latin nameCarcharhinus amblyrhynchosOther namesGray reef sharkIdentificationThe body of the fish is ..

Humphead wrasse

Humphead wrasse

Latin nameCheilinus undulatusOther namesMāori wrasse, Napoleon wrasse, Napoleon fish.IdentificationA..

Indian mackerel

Indian mackerel

Latin nameRastrelliger kanagurtaOther namesRastrelliger kanagurtaIdentificationBody elongated, spind..

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