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Sea snake katuali called "tricot rayé" (striped knitting) in New Caledonia. Very poisonous, but they say with a mouth so small that it can't bite. It's not sure at all (click on katuali). But one can span them without risk when they are sunbathing  in group on small islands. However, be careful with the children.>

Inside the lagoon, could be dangerous : sharks, barracudas, muraena et aiguillettes (plusieurs accidents/an par celles-ci); peuvent être touchés : poisson pierre (rare), rascasse, chirurgien, cônes, serpent (? voir fond doc), méduses, oursin blanc, poisson ballon (tétraodon, ou fugu en japonais)

Marbled cone Not identified like very poisonous, better is worth to take the precautions of use: catch it by the broad part, tip ahead in front of you.

General cone. Precautions to be taken, my General, for him and others. Do not put them in the pants !

fishes on the right hand side are not dangerous; nevertheless avoid catching them by the tail and cherish them in the good direction !

Surgeon fish ; two scalpels are in front of the tail, points ahead

This fish " Picasso " is not badly equipped either, with its black needles in front of the tail.

The muraena still has a good length locked in its den if you do not know it personally, pass remotely from its steel jaw : it will not release you.

Jellyfishes they are not seen but some let drag long and very poisonous filaments, like the physalias.

In diving, carry a diving suit with hood preferably.


Stoup. Number of them fhave finished out of holy water receptacle. Don't put your hands inside, just to see..

With the murex, which provided the crimson of the ecclesiastics, it is about all for the contribution to Good Works

Merloche of almost 300 kgs (on the right).Add 1/3 (through the mask), double at least (with turbid water and fear), you will see a monster !! (experienced at the Dumbéa pass, New Caledonia).

fish-rabbit "sigamus". Devoure some bad plants on corals. True or false ? si at bottom

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Merloche (big cod). It is said that a fisherman had been aspired to half, but came out from it. The merloche can reach 300 kgs and suck you up entirety (fortunately non aggressive, but all the same, when it goes up bas, better is worth not to remain above, because its aspiration is powerful).
If you see a tooth like that, you are lucky, because this one is false (made out of resin!)
if you see a tooth like that, you will have really much chance, the more so as this one is false out of resin!

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Left hand. Small shark of the lagoon (1,5 m). Keep an eye on it but no dangerous in theory, unlike its cousins (white shark, tiger-carcharinus).
outside the reef.
Grey shark (carcharinus),  Can stay still in the passes and what not, venture around inside.
large " manta ray" (outside the lagoon); there are smaller rays (pastenague, in french) in the lagoon. They have a scalpel at the end of the " whip " (tail). Don't grasp them by the tail, but otherwise, hardly any risk.

Manta ray, outside the reef. She  jumps in the air and could be dangerous with its one ton or more weight. Legend ? rays "manta" would remain above the diver to prevent it from regaining surface ?


Lion fish.

The bride is teasing. but its veils are poisoned.

Go your path..

Do not put your hands anywhere.

The 20 cm needles of this sea urchin do not inspire confidence.

And theses two ones with their thick needles like pencils could put you in pain too.

Poisson coffre

Among the most dangerous fish, not necessarily tropical, the fugu rank a good place. It is mortal only in the plates of Japanese, which are "dead" fond of it.
 It must preferably be prepared by a talented and graduate cook for eliminating all letal poison which is in the liver, heart, kidneys, eggs).
Do not put your feet anywhere. Invisble, but the worst !! don't succumb to the soft glance of the synancie (stone fish), it would send you to angels

Starfish. I was told it could be poisonous, but I am not sure.

The Jellyfish Chironex is particularly prevalent on the coast of Australia where, from December to February, they set up nets. This cubic umbrella jellyfish (cubomedusae) of 1 to 20 cm, is called "the killer of the Pacific" because it causes fatal bleeding in three minutes, by blocking the heart. Nets, however, can not filter other tiny cubomedusae - the size of a thumbnail, like "Carukia barnesi".

The most virulent are the smallest, terrors of a few millimeters. "Science et Avenir, 06, 2008"

Horror movie, monstrous packs "Pelagia noctiluca," the purple jellyfish known by the swimmers in the Mediterranean, covered an area of ​​27 square km in the Irish Sea, with 13 meters thick. 250,000 salmon were wiped out aquatic farms, affected by the poisonous filaments, such as corals, propelling microscopic darts. They devour the smaller of them, but the affected fish are unfit for consumption.

Confined to China and Japan seas, trawlers nightmare, the largest of them can reach 2 meters in diameter and weighs 200 kg ! At the rate of 3 to 500 million jellyfish per day, they do not go unnoticed. Fortunately, they are not toxic. They absorb eggs, larvae, fry, small fish, shrimp, anchovies..

Fascinating but not very sympathetic, the jellyfish seem multiplying and invading seas and oceans. Each year, beaches are prohibited and cycles are seemingly narrowing.
As usual, climatic warmer waters would be the first explanation, but others say the issue is the serious imbalance we have caused by overfishing. Their natural predators have disappeared or nearly so.
Jelly fish are composed of 98% water ; they think at occasionally utilise them for irrigation, burying them in the soil. The Japanese are developing sodas and ice cream to make a change from soups and salads - jellyfish ones of course - already popular in China, where one chew about anything and where jelly fish dried are commonly sold. What can subsist from 98% water ? sort of large chips I have seen on the TV

Humour : Both soap dish fish and rabbit fish are fanciful chimeras. However, if "sigamus" te rabbit fish really exists, it is not for its shape but its hability to quickly grazing plants that sometimes stifle young corals, up to ten times faster than the parrot fish, or other surgeon fish. It would be experienced on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.

  The last but not the least, here is a mutation of the starfishAcanthaster  ? Il s'agit du fruit de la bardane, bien connu des promeneurs qui s'énvoient ces agrippantes petites boules (le fond a été remplacé).
L'idée du velcro provient d'une toute petite plante qui se colle fortement sur les chaussettes, avec de minuscules crochets.


  Coral 1 (origin, sea, depth, madreporia, corals and madreporia, tentacles..)

The lagoon (origin and formation, kind of reefs, passes, islets/motus) Lagoon life 1 (fish and reef vivid beings) Lagoon life 2 next (fish and reef vivid beings) Lagoon life 3 next ( reef vivid beings, unsafe fish and other animals)

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