Sunday, October 10, 2010

The Sipadan Island

Sipadan, the internationally famous island lies five degrees north of the equator in the Sulawesi Sea (Celebes Sea). Lying 35km south of Semporna, it thickly forested and surround by sandy beaches. Sipadan is an oceanic island and was formed by living corals growing on top of an extinct undersea volcano, which rises 600m from the seabed.

More than 3,000 species of fish and hundred of coral species have been classified in this richest of ecosystem. Sipadan is well known for its unusually large number of green and hawksbill turtles gathered there to mate and nest. Another unique feature to divers visiting Sipadan is the turtle tomb that contains many of skeletal remains of turtles.

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