Tarsier waking up - Sulawesi by shellfish

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I had travelled to Sulawesi primarily to dive but when I found out these wonderful tarsiers lived in the forests…….!!! We had a great guide who took us for a fantastic trek – the sounds of the forest as the light was fading (tarsiers are nocturnal so we went at dusk) was magical – hornbills, monkeys, insects, the heat – it was amazing…and then, as we sat quietly at the base of a large tree, whispering so as not to scare any potential animal visitors, the guide motioned to me & pointed at a branch just above my head….there were these most enormous eyes, peeking back at me….what a reward!!!


tarsier, monkey, sulawesi, tangkoko, nocturnal, eyes, rainforest, tail, indonesia, hands


  • Eileen O'Rourke
    Eileen O'Rourkeabout 3 years ago

    Wow!! What a fabulous shot, lucky you.

  • Thanks Eileen – I do feel very lucky to have been there!

    – shellfish

  • Paula Betz
    Paula Betzabout 3 years ago

    Well look at this guy! Amazing photo, and his hands and feet are even incredible. Love the eyes, great shot!

  • Thanks very much, Paula – those fingers & toes were fantastic! Most of the fingers & toes even have flat little nails…..Their eyes are enormous – they are unable to move them in their sockets so they have special adaptations that allow their necks to turn 180 degrees – it’s so cool when they look around – it so purposeful, especially when they are checking you out!! Thanks for checking in with him!

    – shellfish

  • paintingsheep
    paintingsheepabout 3 years ago

    Wow!! Really amazing capture!

  • Thanks again! I feel very lucky to have seen one!

    – shellfish

  • Neutro
    Neutroalmost 3 years ago


  • Thanks again – there are wonderful little creatures!

    – shellfish

  • Mary Sedici
    Mary Sediciabout 2 years ago

    July 31st, 2012
    Thank You For Participating

  • Thank you very much!!! :)

    – shellfish

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