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Mawan is a small islet to the north of Padar, ringed by idyllic white sandy beaches and shallow coral gardens. The dive begins close to the beach on the southwest side of the island. Descend to around 15 m and swim southwest, following a wide coral-covered slope. The variety of coral and fish life here is immense, and it is worth taking time to look closely. Small critters abound—a macro-lovers paradise! But there is something for everyone here. Sharks, bumphead parrotfish and rays are commonly seen. Keep your eyes peeled towards the end of the dive, as mantas can sometimes be seen hovering just above the white sandy seafloor. Head back in towards the shallows to finish the dive, where the coral gardens offer a wealth of treasures to discover during your safety stop. Mawan does experience strong currents, and this dive can only be attempted on a rising tide. Be sure to seek advice from an experienced local guide before diving this site.

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The hawksbill sea turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) is a critically endangered sea turtle belonging to the family Cheloniidae. It is the only extant species in the genus Eretmochelys. The species has a worldwide distribution, with Atlantic and Pacific subspecies. E. i. imbricata is the Atlantic subspecies, while E. i. bissa is found in the Indo-Pacific region. The hawksbill's appearance is similar to that of other marine turtles. It has a generally flattened body shape, a protective carapace, and flipper-like arms, adapted for swimming in the open ocean. E. imbricata is easily distinguished from other sea turtles by its sharp, curving beak with prominent tomium, and the saw-like appearance of its shell margins. Hawksbill shells slightly change colors, depending on water temperature. While this turtle lives part of its life in the open ocean, it spends more time in shallow lagoons and coral reefs. Human fishing practices threaten E. imbricata populations with extinction. The World Conservation Union classifies the hawksbill as critically endangered. Hawksbill shells were the primary source of tortoiseshell material used for decorative purposes. The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species outlaws the capture and trade of hawksbill sea turtles and products derived from them.

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Bleaching occurs when corals expel their symbiotic zooxanthellae - pigmented, algae-like protozoa that live within the coral's cells. High temperature, pollution or other stresses can cause the coral to expel its zooxanthellae, leading to a lighter or complete loss of color.

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