Overview Indonesian ROV coelacanth investigations (Fukushima Aquarium) and Indonesian coelacanth catches. (Courtesy: Rik Nulens)
1) April 2005 : no coelacanth sightings
2) Photographing total 7 individuals, May/June 2006, Sulawesi island Buol
3) Photographing total 3 individuals, December 2006, Sulawesi Island Buol
4) Photographing 1 individual, June 2007, Malalayang waters, Sulawesi Island Manado
5) No sightings in December 2008, Sulawesi Island north section, ROV breakdown
6) Photographing 1 individual, 14 September 2009, Talise Island, (North) Sulawesi Island
7) Photographing 6 individuals, 24 September 2009, Talise Island, (North) Sulawesi Island
8) Photographing 1 juvenile individual, 6 October 2009, Manado Bay, North Sulawesi
9) 2010 November 2010 An expedition of scientists from Fukushima Aquarium in Japan, in cooperation with the Sam Ratulangi University in Manado (Indonesia) were able to locate and film 5 coelacanths (in three dives) in Indonesia. With the ROV they traced these coelacanths close to Biak Island (Papua/Indonesia), about 1800km more East than the previous dive locations around Manado (North-Sulawesi).
10) 2012 May-June. An expedition from Fukushima Aquarium, Japan, led by Masa Iwata, again films coelacanths with an ROV in the Indonesian search area near Manado, Sulawesi
11) 2013 June. A new ROV expedition from Aquamarine Fukishima succeeds in filmming one coelacanth in the Manado Bay region- Sulawesi, Indonesia.
12) 2014 August. Aquamarine Fukishima prepares to build a coelacanth research facility in Sulawesi, Indonesia.
13) 2015 June. Another ROV expedition from Aquamarine Fukishima films 2 coelacanths in Lolak, North Sulawesi, Indonesia.
Overview captures Indonesian coelacanths:
1) 18 September 1997, (CCC174), seen by Arnaz & Mark Erdmann-Mehta on a fish market in
Manado Capture site Manado Tua, Kampung Negeri, length ca 130cm
2) 30 July 1998, (CCC175), capture site Manado Papindan village, length ca 124cm, female
3) 19 May 2007, (CCC215), capture site Malalayang, near Bunaken National Marine Park,
length 131cm, female, 25 small eggs (3cm)
4) 25 November 2008, (CCC225), capture site North of Talise Island, Minahasa Utara, North
5) 16 September 2009, (CCC254), capture site Gangga waters in North Sulawesi Province, off
Sulawesi Island, length 114cm