If you go diving in the Lembeh Strait, off north Sulawesi don’t miss the courtship dancing of the tiny Mandarin Fish. They come creeping cautiously from the coral rubble in quiet bays at sunset, wide-eyed and wanton, swishing their little tails and flirting like mad. They are dressed for a party in orange robes with turquoise swirling stripes like scarves wound around their Rubenesque little figures. Dark blue fins swish and swirl like geisha fans with ever greater frenzy as they strive to attract a mate. When they finally pair up, they are quickly overcome by the URGE, and swim spiraling up above the safety of the rubble, oblivious to all danger, belly to belly, in their moment of ecstasy.
Please note that the Google map associated with this posting is irrelevant. Lembeh Strait is at the extreme northeast tip of Sulawesi, between the main island and Lembeh Island, by the town of Bitung.