October 2016
Delay or procrastination? Procrastination seems quite appropriate, unless the negative aspect of it.  Cambridge dictionary definition: an act of delaying something that must be done, often because it is unpleasant or boring.
However this Logbook brings me a real satisfaction for several reasons… I really enjoy doing the researches. It makes me think of my dives and Indonesian journey; the diversity, it takes me out of my daily office work; the numerous reader’s feed back... By spending more time thinking of it, I surely would find hundreds more reasons why I love writing this Logbook!
In fact, I daily postponed this publication because I had to many subjects in mind but finally I have decided to present Raja Ampat under a new perspective from which will ensue quite naturally the Bio section …
I wish you to enjoy this Logbook
Located off the northwest tip on the island of New Guinea, on the Indonesian side, Raja Ampat (four kings) archipelago is often presented as a national Park, but actually is not! "To be or not to be ", that’s the question…  For those who had travelled, dived and liked this zone, don’t be disappointed too quickly and don’t draw of too hasty conclusions, which could harm.
Raja Ampat's archipelago is not actually a National park, but was declared Sharks Sanctuary on February 20th, 2013. Not only Sharks are protected there, but also Mobula, Mantas, Dugong and other big creatures, free to swim in peace…
It is not less than 4 million coastal and marine hectares that were dedicated to this pelagic survival in the country with the sad trophy of first shark fins and other shark products exporter. A victory, which can lead to others!
Approximately 30 % of the shark species are considered in danger (critical stage of extinction / way of disappearance / vulnerable) and present on the IUCN red list. Over the last 14 years, the number of
endangered species passed from 15 to 180 among which 30 species are considered nearly extent. An incredibly depressing observation to which is added the cruelty that sharks are suffering from. Cut alive, amputated from their fins, they are thrown back in the water waiting for an inevitable death.

The shark, the highest predator in the food chain, has nothing to do with the cruel and relentless animal presented by the media. This complex animal with a long growth cycle, limited fertility and late sexual maturity is a key element of the ecosystem stability. Super-predator, it regulates the fishes and marine mammal population by eliminating the weak, old, sick one, avoiding diseases spread.

We could expect from shark disappearance a total ecosystem imbalance by other predator proliferation, which would eliminate other lower species up to the vegetarians. Nowadays, the plants and specially phytoplankton are the main carbon
dioxide absorbent device. From that observation, it is better not to forget that 71% of the earth's surface is covered by ocean…

Mirage or reality? It seems to me, in the course of my Indonesian years, of my Bali, Komodo, Raja Ampat, Maluku and other dives, that encounters with this fabulous over 400 million years old predator were more and more frequent, more and more numerous with more and more variety …
Pinisi, journey between tradition and modernity…
Indonesian nautical history representative, this magnificent vessel took its origins in the 16th century from the Middle East merchant ships. Pinisi are usually built from Ironwood, named out of its robustness and its resistance. This ancestral knowledge has always been Celebes habitant pried. But Pinisi is not only a way to transport men and goods. It is also a set of rites, ceremonies and symbol combining numerous cultural values. Indeed, Pinisi construction is following the course of them.
First of all the wood selection. Builders have to search for trunks in the fifth and seventh day (lucky days) of the month. After finding the tree in which a genius is supposed to live, builders ask him solemnly to move by making offers.
Second of all, back to the construction site. The wood is dried off, then prepared for another rite: the keel positioning. The front keel is directed northeast, symbolizing the manliness, while the back
keel is positioned southwest representing the femininity.

The piece resulting from the first stroke to the male side will be thrown in the sea, symbolizing the husband making his living from the sea, whereas the piece of the other end will be kept by the builder symbolizing in the local tradition the domestic role of the woman.

Last but not least, the hull assembling and caulking. It is made from an organic preparation, including papaya. The Pinisi manufacturers are very attached to the use of environmental friendly material and historic values.
Nowadays Pinisi, Indonesian boat symbol, has been able to preserve the traditional construction strength and charm while adding to it the modern comfort, the safety and services.

Ketut, whom we won’t never thanks enough for his dedication with Tom and Chloé, is the happy mom of a girl Meli celebrating her balinese 3 months old on Galungan day.

Safari Bali has welcomed Vincent, communication trainee. We thank him for this Logbook involvement.
Move onto the new season:
Safari Bali from 2 till 14 April – don't miss the departure...
Raja Ampat cruise from 12 till 24 February - dive into a world of colors.

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Anne-Sophie and Arnaud