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Mid Reef named when they ran out of names located in between Turtle Patch and Whitetip Avenue.
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Located along the south east edge of Sipadan Island, Mid Reef has some of the prettiest and varied coral formations around Sipadan. Hard corals such as table coral, star coral and staghorn coral are complemented by barrel sponges, encrusting sponges and soft corals. Orange gorgonian sea fans, sea whips, feather stars and thousands of sea squirts are also in abundance. Of course there is the chance to see the big species here such as barracuda, trevally, humphead parrotfish and white tip sharks. You are sure to bump into a few green turtles and probably a grey reef shark but after a while of diving at Sipadan you may long to study some small fish for a change.
Sipadan dives are unlike so many dives in other places where the distant shadow of one reef shark out in the blue can cause so much excitement. At Sipadan divers see so many sharks that they become indifferent to their presence and just stop counting. The same can be said for turtles. Some of the smaller reef fish at Midreef are cube box fish, pufferfish, porcupine fish and leaf fish. Lionfish can be found around barrel sponges. Scorpionfish can be harder to spot as they are so well camouflaged on the reef. Redtooth triggerfish are numerous as are schools of bannerfish and yellow tailed snapper. Unicorn fish and parrotfish can be seen as can harlequin sweetlips. Divers need to be aware of their depth here, especially when currents are strong and down currents can be present. Most dives are just a gentle drift along the wall.
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