Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Manila Ocean Park - shallow reef

the Philippines as a whole is part of the coral triangle area of influence making it one of the most diverse underwater sanctuary of sea species. my father and my brothers spent so much time snorkeling during summer and special weekends. it is the best bonding time that we do next to watching sci-fi movies.

in Luzon, my favorite is the Balayan bay, which covers the area of Anilao and the nearby islands of Verde and Sombrero. here you can see giant clams, jawfish, clownfish, parrotfish, pufferfish and live corals in its own environment. you can easily spot and enjoy the presence of fishes even on its shallow area.

two months ago, the first ever ocean park in the Philippines was inaugurated. the Manila Ocean Park is boasting the different species found in this archipelago and in the world. it is not yet fully operational but i can’t resist seeing this park as early as this time. let me show you some of its species the closest possible view i can get.

the park features four divisions according to the environment. in this post i’ll feature "agos" and "bahura". "agos" or flow displays the fresh water creatures like the giant arapaima, river stingray and oscars. my favorite in this area is the alligator fish, it’s not as big as the arapaima but this one looks more grievous because of its long alligator-like snout.

if you are used to snorkeling, you’ll be fascinated with "bahura" or the shallow reef. here you get to see the famous clownfish and other colorful fishes.

giant clams are best displayed here.

tube anemones looks like plants with thick stems. the flower-like part get's inside its stem-like body or the dwelling tube once disturbed. the photo below shows the one infront with its flower-like part outside while the one in the rear side has its flower-like part hidden in its dwelling tube.

but like the rest of the people, i was intrigued with the bamboo shark eggs . it says that it hatches after four months.the small spotted garden eels and the weird yellow cowfish are also among the most interesting species in this section.

there are lots of tiger fish, stone fish, sea horse and parrotfish found in the bahura section. the rare species like the slipper lobster and the big japanese spider crab are among the most viewed creatures.
fake corals were used on most of the aquariums since corals are very delicate and are now being protected and preserved in the Philippine sea. knowing from my father that corals can take 20 to 30 years to recover when damaged. it’s good to know that World Wild Fund for Nature (WWF) is working with the Manila Ocean Park management to assure the safety and conservation of the species in this park.

on my next post, you will see more of the deep sea creatures found in this oceanarium.

26 comments:

SandyCarlson said...

These are just stunning. Thanks for sharing, and thanks for the map!

KRIS JASPER said...

i found nemo

Brad said...

hehehehee
Just came on here to make a Nemo comment myself and found kris has beaten me to it :-)

I have heard much about this ocean park and it is on my 'to do' list when I get back. Along with many other things as well.
Thanks for giving me a sneak preview.....

Brad

the donG said...

thanks Sandy.

Jasper, i think the clownfish shall be officially renamed nemoens.

Brad, the place is nice but the hotel and the mall is not yet there. so you'll just be in time when you visit the Philippines 10months from now.

Sandy & Dick said...

Loved your photos! Outstanding. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Earvin said...

>:-) Water....

acey said...

this i have to see when i go to manilaaa! =D and you found nemo... cool!

Heart of Rachel said...

First of all, thank you for your birthday wishes. I truly appreciate it.

Thanks for sharing these great photos. I'm excited to take my son there some time this summer. I'm sure he will enjoy seeing all those remarkable marine life.

tina @ angelblush said...

Wow.. nice photos of the park!! we plan to visit the place sometime this month! :P

dak said...

wah! want to go here too, but they said, it's not yet fully done? tama ba?

Richard the Adventurer said...

Hello Kuya Dong!

Nice... Thanks for the pictures... Nyaha! At least may reason na ako para mapuntahan ang Manila Ocean Park... Kasi syempre... for the first time, may nagsabi na maganda naman at may mga pictures pa ha...

Adventure tayo!

anski said...

hey dong,
nice photo...ive seen the featured news article in the program of susan enriquez in "Kay Susan Tayo" on gma featuring Manila Ocean Park.
till next time of chat.bleh!

the donG said...

Sandy&Dick, Anski and Earvin, thanks.

Acey, Rachel, Tina and Richard you'll discover lots of things there.

Dak, yes. it's not yet finished but i think the only remaining part is the hotel and the mall of which i'm not that interested. some creatures are not there yet (maybe...).

arlene said...

I have yet to go to Ocean Park. I hope by then it is more complete. Thanks for the pictures..

joanne said...

hay grabe ang ganda

gusto ko sana pumunta dun kaso ang mahal ng entrance e

400+ di ba?

hay...

pag iipunan ko pa.

T_T

jimi said...

Hi Dong, nice pictures! Thanks for visiting my blog. I'll link you up. Ü

Rebecca said...

Cool photos! ang ganda naman dyan... I will make sure to visit that place next time I am in Manila.

Btw, thanks for your visit and kind comments at my site. :) - Rebecca/Skippyheart

the donG said...

Hi Arlene, yes. it would be better if you get to see it when its fully operational. but i think that will happen by December this year. i saw the ongoing construction of the the other side and it looks it will still take a longer time.

Hi Joanne, you haven't seen the kalaliman and the laot yet. there's more to see from this set. kaya pag ipunan mo talaga ito.

Hi Jimi and Rebecca, it's always a pleasure to visit your blog. thanks fro dropping by.

dave said...

cool! i wanna go there too!

thinking...

how do i get there?

hehe..=D

the donG said...

Dave, it's at the back of the Quirino grandstand. If you are commuting, maybe you can drop off somewhere along Roxas Boulevard (Rizal park area) or at the Manila hotel and you can walk from there (not a good option though coz we are experiencing high temperature. best is to take a cab.

lagal[og] said...

nice, comprehensive post dom. good thing you enjoyed your trip to manila ocean park. can't wait to go back there.

Toe said...

Oh cool... I didn't know about that coral triangle area of influence though I used to dive in Anilao.

I would love to go to Manila Ocean Park when I get back to Manila.

the donG said...

Oggie, salamat talaga.

Toe, yes. I only knew about the coral triangle area of influence when i saw this map at the Manila Ocean Park. The map clearly explains why the Philippines and Indonesia have the most diverse sea environment. When you read the National Geographic of July 2002, you will learn more on why the fishes and other creatures stays in our sea.

chres said...

Those pictures are stunningly beautiful. Professional photographer ka ba?

the donG said...

hi chres, thanks for appreciating the pictures. i'm not a professional photographer (not yet). hehehe... maybe soon. i'm still thinking about really studying photography. i'll try to attend seminars.

honey said...

amazing shots, dong!
i love them!

-honey-

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