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Destination Reefs: East Timor

By Leonard Ho - Posted Jan 29, 2012 07:00 AM
Back to the Coral Triangle we go ... East Timor (aka Timor-Leste) to be exact. This island nation's history is stained with violence and brutality, but life beneath the waves is an entirely different story; East Timor is home to some of the healthiest and most biodiverse underwater ecosystems on Earth. These videos are sure to impress any coral reef lover.

Timor-Leste is sovereign state in Southeast Asia on the southern fringe of the Coral Triangle (just north of Australia).  Since the 1970s, the people of Timor-Leste have endured civil wars and the struggle for independence from Indonesia.  It is because of these ongoing human conflicts that the natural resources of this under-developed/unindustrialized are so pristine, and also why so few outsiders have experienced the treasure that is East Timor's coral reefs.

We've seen a lot of reefs in Advanced Aquarist's Destination Series, so it means something when we say the reefs or East Timor really are one of (if not the) most amazing we've seen.  The diversity and density of healthy reef life is simply breath-taking.

Hopefully Timor-Leste can find lasting peace and stability.

And here is a second video showcasing the beauty found in East Timor ... and the coral reefs aren't too shabby either ;-)  Be on the look out for Naso Tang kabob.  Producer/Presenter: Caroline Pemberton

Author: Leonard Ho
Location: Southern California

I'm a passionate aquarist of over 30 years, a coral reef lover, and the blog editor for Advanced Aquarist. While aquarium gadgets interest me, it's really livestock (especially fish), artistry of aquariums, and "method behind the madness" processes that captivate my attention.


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