September to November 2018
This website shows the fish and crabs I encountered during my stay in Tonga. I show them in a separate website, because the many pictures would inflate the Tonga travel report too much.
Snorkeling around the northern tip of the island of Foa
A Blackspotted Puffer
A Barber’s Anemonefish
Once the boat took us to an offshore reef between the islands of Foa and Ha’ano, where I discovered new fish and saw this species of squid for the first time while snorkeling.
A Southern Reef Squid
An Abudjubbe Lippfish
A female of a Pacific Bird Wrasse, also called Green Bird Wrasse
A Cowtail Stingray
I only saw this kind of crab on Fangatave Beach.
There was a varied underwater world to discover in the waters around the resort.
A Tiger Cowrie Snail
A Crocodile Needlefish
A group of Longfin Batfishes
The Titan Triggerfish is often found in tropical waters.
I haven’t seen this Granulated Sea Star anywhere else.
A Blue Devil Damselfish, also called Sapphire Devil
I reached the Lotuma island by kayak. At the back of this island there was a coral reef with interesting fish.
A Spotted Sandperch
A Spotfin Squirrelfish
A Slingjaw Wrasse
A Sabre Squirrelfish
A wrasse species I couldn’t identify.
A Wimpel Bannerfish
A yellow Blackspotted Pufferfish
The poisonous Red Lionfish
Reef crabs – When the crabs are exposed to strong light at night, they are like paralyzed and do not flee. This allows beautiful close-ups.
A hermit crab attacks a second that retreats into its shell.
But then the second crab decides to fight back. I don’t know how the fight ended.
Although many corals in Tonga are destroyed, often by storms, the variety of fish is remarkable. I didn’t see any big fish, because the coasts of Tonga are being fished.
This text is an automatic English translation from the German original by deepl.com