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7 out of 10 Marine Species in Indonesia Will Appear in "Avatar: The Way of Water"

Healthy reef with bright blue ocean water in the background.
Reef Kingdom An underwater view of the Karang Bayangan dive site, Raja Ampat, Indonesia. © Purwanto Nugroho/TNC Photo Contest 2019

20th Century Studios “Avatar: The Way of Water” will soon be released, which will again invite the audience to dive into the world of imagination; indulges the eye as well as uplifting the taste.  In conjunction with the launch of the second Avatar film, which will take place in December 2022, 20th Century Studios and The Nature Conservancy are carrying out the "Keep Our Oceans Amazing" campaign to protect 10 marine species namely beluga whales, blue whales, whale sharks, hawksbill turtles, manatees, manta rays, parrot fish , staghorn coral, sea lions, and mangroves, which are directly connected to the beauty of Pandora.

As the main partner of The Nature Conservancy, Yayasan Konservasi Alam Nusantara supports this campaign in Indonesia. Moreover, seven of the 10 marine species are featured in Avatar the “Keep Our Oceans Amazing” campaign can be found in Indonesia.

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Avatar: The Way of Water Keep Our Oceans Amazing © 2022 20th Century Studios

Avatar Keep Our Oceans Amazing

Two-thirds of Indonesia's territory is water that sustains life for more than 60 percent of Indonesia's population and has the highest marine biodiversity in the world.

The sea has great meaning for every human being, wherever they are. We depend on the ocean for food, livelihoods, cultural connections, and even for the quality of the air we breathe.

Get to know 7 marine species from Indonesia that will  appear in “Avatar: The Way of Water”

Hawksbill Sea Turtle Seen in Komodo National Park, East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia. © Awaludinnoer Ahmad/YKAN

Hawksbill Sea Turtle

This turtle spends much of its time in lagoons and coral reefs. They eat sponges which creates space for corals to grow. They keep jellyfish populations in check and feed on many other invertebrates. Over 100 species can live on a sea turtle's shell.

Aerial shot of blue whale and calf in ocean.
BLUE WHALE AND CALF Aerial shot of blue whale and calf in ocean. © Fernando O'Farrill/TNC Photo Contest 2022

Blue Whale

The largest animal known to have ever existed, the blue whale weighs around 200 tons. Adults eat up to four tons of tiny krill each day and live up to 90 years. These iconic giants are important to ocean health, distributing nutrients as they feed.

Mangrove Coastal fortifications that also play an important role in mitigating climate change. © Nugroho Arif Prabowo/YKAN

Mangroves

Master survival artists, climate heroes and nature’s nursery, mangroves provide habitat and shelter for over 3000 fish species, can store 3 to 5 times more carbon per area than tropical upland forests, and provide livelihoods for over 120M people.

Underwater Life Dive with Manta Rays off the coast of Nusa Lembongan Island in Indonesia. © Isaak Schiller/TNC Photo Contest 2021

Manta Ray

Highly intelligent, highly threatened manta rays can have a wingspan of up to 30 feet. Manta means blanket or cloak in Spanish and when feeding, these rays swim with their mouths open wide to draw in plankton and krill. 

Turtle Conservation Efforts in Rote The government and the community cooperate in conserving turtles in Rote, East Nusa Tenggara.
Parrotfish School of parrotfish bumphead (Bulbometopon muricatum) in Indonesia waters. © Awaludinnoer Ahmad/YKAN

Parrotfish

The colorful parrotfish lives in coral reefs. Parrotfish eat algae and coral. They have teeth inside their throat that crushes the coral bits which become the white sands that form beautiful beaches.

Staghorn Coral Healthy Staghorn corals and reef fish on the reef off Kofiau. Kofiau is part of the Raja Ampat Islands of Indonesia, is located in the Coral Triangle, an area containing what may be the richest variety of marine species and corals in the world. © Awaludinnoer Ahmad/YKAN

Staghorn Coral

Staghorn coral is named after its resemblance to antlers. They are the fastest growing corals, growing up to 4-8 inches per year. Speedy as staghorn corals are, their skeletons can be easily damaged by storms and human activity.

Swimming among the Fish A whale shark was seen in Cenderwasih Bay, West Papua, Indonesia. © Neil Vincent/TNC Photo Contest 2019

Whale Shark

The whale shark is the largest fish alive today, growing an average 18-32 feet. Often called “gentle giants,” they feed on plankton and travel far distances to find food. Their white spotted coloration makes them easy to distinguish.

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