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UNIQUE MARINE LIFE UNDER THE KOMODO NATIONAL PARK

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The Komodo Island was originally famous because it is inhabited by Komodo Dragons, the biggest living lizard species on earth. The island was transformed into a national park in order to help protect the lizard from extinction at the hands of human beings. There are more than 3000 Komodo dragons on the island currently, and these lizards are on the species Red List as they are considered a vulnerable species.

Most often than not, tourists visit the island in order to catch a glimpse of these awe-inspiring as well as terrifying and gigantic lizards. However, there is another aspect to the island that is also proving to be a main attraction. This is the lush underwater marine ecosystem that seats comfortably beneath the national park.

This marine life continues to thrive mainly because of the UN  protection policy placed over the entire island. The island was recognized as a world heritage site in the early 1990s. The result of this policy and several similar ones before it not only helps to save the Komodo dragon from extinction, it also helped to preserve the surrounding water mass, allowing a multitude of rich and diverse underwater ecosystems to grow and thrive.

The marine life under this park is considered one of the most unique in the world. This is because the park falls squarely within the Coral Triangle, an environment that has allowed thousands of marine plant and animal species to grow and sustain themselves. It is reported that there are more than 1000 different fish species that can be found under the park. In addition, there are nearly 300 species of coral, as well as more than 10 species of whales. Different species of turtles and sponges can also be found here, a further testament to how rich and unique the Komodo Island marine life actually is.

The lush underwater life is also promoted by the convergence of different currents that come from two different oceans, the Pacific and the Indian Ocean. Komodo is the only equatorial destination on earth where these two oceans meet. The result is a constant trading of marine life as well as a constant supply of nutrients to the existing plant and animal Life at the meeting point. All these is thanks to the convergence of the currents.

All this diversity makes the marine life under the Komodo National Park an attractive destination for marine scientists, deep water dive enthusiasts, and underwater photographers. Every dive is bound to be different as the currents keep moving the different species to and fro. Even when you dive from the same spot each time, you are bound to encounter a species you had not seen in your previous dive. The ones you saw on your last dive would also have moved to a different location.

On some of your dives, you can be encumbered by black, pink, or white sand muck, and have limited visibility. On other dives, the water will be blue teeming with different species of fish and other marine life.

When diving, you need to be aware that the current can change anytime even during a dive. Hence, you need to be prepared and have all of your safety and communication gear in place just in case the current happens to change while you are underwater.

In order to thoroughly enjoy discovering this amazing scenery, you need to find accommodation as close as possible to the national park. Komodo Resort is usually the accommodation of choice for marine tourists who want easy access to this underwater a paradise. The resort offers luxurious accommodation amenities, as well as ultimate fine dining experiences for all of its guests. The resort also provides guides that can help you navigate the marine works under the Komodo National Park.

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