Friday, April 12, 2013

Exploring the Marine Life of Malaysia




The unique geographical position of Malaysia has blessed it with one of the richest marine habitats in the world. Peninsular Malaysia and the Malaysian Borneo are surrounded by some of the world’s greatest oceans and seas like the Andaman Sea (west of Peninsular Malaysia), the Straits of Malacca (south of Peninsular Malaysia), the South China Sea (east of Peninsular Malaysia) and the Sulu, Sulawesi and South China seas that encircle of the Malaysian section of the island of Borneo.

These various equatorial bodies of water encompass a vast area of varying coastal environments, largely unexplored and thus relatively unpolluted by humans and the damaging effects of rapid industrialization. As a result, the seas and sea beds around Malaysia host an incredible 3000 species of fish along with 1000 species of  Bivalvia and nearly five hundred species of live coral. This great marine biodiversity has evolved a period of more than 100 million years with the help fairly constant tropical climes. These moderate tropical temperatures have also greatly aided the development of Malaysia’s complex marine ecosystems which feature dense mangrove forests, stunning coral reefs, bottomless depths, rocky cliffs and sandy beds, all elements which have helped this fantastic marine life to survive and thrive.

It comes as no surprise then that Malaysia is home to some of the world’s most spectacular dive sites like Sipadan, Palau Layang Layang, Pulau Redang, Langkawi Pulau Perhentian, and Pulau Tioman, all of which offer divers a chance to get up close and personal with a whole host of fascinating marine creatures including those who inhabit the bottomless depths of the oceans like manta rays, eagle rays, hammerhead, whale and thresher sharks. The shallower waters around these dive sites offer sightings of various different fish like schools of bump-head parrotfish, angelfish, moray eels, batfish, barracudas, banner fish, sea anemone, and colorful sea fans, Moorish idols and a variety of hard and soft corrals. Even if you don’t scuba dive, a mere snorkeling trip can introduce you the utterly fascinating marine life that resides in the seas and oceans that surround Malaysia.

So if you are curious to know what lies beneath, plan a trip to Malaysia to find out.

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