EXPERIENCE T HE ISL ANDS OF JOHOR
March to October
yield a chance encounter with these giant fish: Bumpheads weave a transparent cocoon before they sleep to keep their scent from predators, and this nocturnal sight is as impressive as that in the daytime.
Batfish, Moorish idols, hawkfish, groupers and coral trout are other common inhabitants, as are the resident whitetip reef sharks and grey reef sharks. Leaffish and the odd-looking crocodilefish might also be spotted. Corals crowd the reef in a riot of colour: Large black corals and barrel sponges vie for attention with gigantic soft tree corals, as well as anemones and their playful clownfish.
The Islands of Johor The southern state of Johor is blessed with beautiful islands located far from the mainland. Pulau Aur boasts pristine deep waters teeming with pelagic fish, while Pulau Lang offers sightings of green turtles, bumphead parrotfish and blue-spotted stingrays, a common inhabitant of the Malaysian coast. The corals in this area shelter a colourful variety of reef fish, cephalopods and crustaceans, as well as the beautiful but elusive Spanish dancer nudibranch.
Adventurous visitors will want to seek out the Zero wreck located south of Aur. Thickly encrusted with corals, this sunken Japanese fighter plane is home to teeming marine life like the comical dogface pufferfish, which prefers to swim solo and attracts plenty of attention for its elongated face and box-like body.
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