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Sabah : : Mabul Island
   Pulau Mabul is a small 20 hectares oval shaped island ringed with sandy beaches and perched on the northwest corner of a larger 200 hectare reef. Lying 15km to the north of Pulau Sipadan, only 15 minutes away by boat, the reef is on the edge of the continental shelf and the seabed surrounding the reef slopes out to 25m-30m deep. The island has a resident fishing community and is covered in coconut plantations.
   Through small and mostly bottom dwellers, many of these creatures are unique, stunningly colourful, often rare and sometimes bizarre. The astonishing thing is that most of these creatures can be found on the 'House Reef'.
   The remarkable multicoloured Ornate Cuttlefish continually changes its hues when excited, such bright colours are unusual among cuttlefish. It can also change its body colour to blend in well with its surroundings. Only 50 to 70mm long, all its movements are in 'slow motion' including feeding It moves about on the sea floor using its tentacles and can be seen laying eggs in discarded containers and other man-made objects.
   Blue-ringed octopus, mimic octopus and bobtail squids are just a few of the numerous types of cephalapods. The sight of harlequin shrimp feeding on sea stars and boxer crabs waving their tiny anemone pom-poms are just a small example of the endless species of crustaceans. Many types of gobies can be found including the spike-fin goby, black sail-fin goby and metallic shrimp goby. Giant, painted and clown frogfish; moray eels and snake eels of many types can be seen along with almost the whole scorpionfish family.
   Tiny juvenile crocodilefish and stunningly colourful mandarinfish are everywhere. Mandarinfish tend to come out into the open in the late afternoon and are frequently observed mating away from their refuge under the falling light at dusk. Equally beautiful are the variety of dragonets, the juveniles are quite different from the adults.
   Flying Gurnards can be found as deep as 100m, spectacular when spreading their wings, they are well camouflaged when their wings are tucked in while resting. If disturbed, they leap off by muscle power then glide long distances on their wings to escape.
   The only wall dive is 'Lobster Wall', a hanging garden of colourful soft corals and a good place to find sleeping parrotfish at night.
tarap workz 1998-2005